ELWOOD, Ind. A Indiana officer was killed early Sunday whenever a man got out of his car throughout a traffic stop and opened fire, authorities said.
The suspect was caught roughly 30 minutes later following a car chase, state police said.
Noah Shahnavaz, 24, was an officer at the Elwood police department, 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis. He stopped the driver of a Buick LaCrosse soon after 2 a.m.
For an unknown reason, the suspect exited the Buick and fired multiple rounds, striking the officer one or more times, state police said.
Shahnavaz was a U.S. Army veteran who was simply an Elwood officer for 11 months.
A senseless act of violence robbed this son of the life span and career he deserved, Mayor Todd Jones said.
People placed flowers close to a patrol car beyond your police department.
The cop didnt deserve to die like this, resident Donna Williams said.
The 42-year-old suspect includes a criminal record, with a conviction in 2006 for firing a gun at Indianapolis officers, said Andrew Hanna, Madison Countys chief deputy prosecutor.
Sheriff Scott Mellingertold The Herald Bulletinthat the shooting made him go from being prayerful to being angry.
Prayers. Senseless act. Please join us in supporting Elwood PDs officers and their own families, the sheriffs office said on Facebook.