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Dad Gets Slain Son’s Badge Number as Ind. Reserve Police Officer

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March 30, 2023 Matthew Shahnavaz was sworn in as a reserve Elwood police officer, and he will wear the badge number of his son, Noah, who was shot and killed during a July traffic stop.

Source Officer.com News

Matthew Shahnavaz was sworn in Wednesday as a reserve officer for the Elwood, IN, Police Department, and he will carry the badge number of his son, Noah, who was fatally shot during a July traffic stop.
Matthew Shahnavaz was sworn in Wednesday as a reserve officer for the Elwood, IN, Police Department, and he will carry the badge number of his son, Noah, who was fatally shot during a July traffic stop.

The father of a slain Indiana police officer has become a reserve police officer, and he will carry his fallen son’s badge number.

Matthew Shahnavaz was sworn in Wednesday as a reserve officer for the Elwood Police Department, the agency stated in a social media post. His son, Noah Shahnavaz, was fatally shot during a July traffic stop less than a year after he joined the force.

The elder Shahnavaz completed his 40-hour pre-basic training course this week. In honor of his fallen son, Shahnavaz will now have his badge number, 139.

“(W)e are excited for him to help live out Noah’s legacy at our department!” a post on the department’s Facebook page stated.

Noah Shahnavaz had been with the department 11 months when he was shot and killed. Before becoming a police officer, he served in the military for five years. 

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