Attorney: Deputy wasn’t chasing speeder before deadly crash

FENVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — The attorney for the family of a woman who was killed in a crash with an Allegan County Sheriff’s Department cruiser is skeptical of claims the deputy was trying to catch up to a speeder. 

Instead, based on a newly released report from Michigan State Police, attorney Robert Lantzy believes the deputy was actually rushing to pick up a pizza. 

An undated photo of Jose and Ofelia Nunez. (Courtesy Nunez family)
An undated photo of Jose and Ofelia Nunez. (Courtesy Nunez family)

“Absolutely outrageous,” said Lantzy, who’s preparing to file suit against the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department, former deputy Thomas Goggins, and Lee Township, which owns the cruiser involved in the crash. 

Goggins, who has since resigned from the sheriff’s office, was charged with two misdemeanor moving violations for the June 12 crash that killed Ofelia Nunez, 74, and seriously injured her husband Jose Nunez.

Goggins and the field training officer who was riding with him have said they were trying to catch a speeding minivan. But the state police report on the fatal crash shows an MSP detective sergeant questioned Goggins about a pizza order the deputies were scheduled to pick up within minutes of the crash.

Deputy Thomas Goggins is sworn in in May 2022. (Allegan County Sheriff's Office/Facebook)
Deputy Thomas Goggins is sworn in in May 2022. (Allegan County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook)

“Thomas advised they were running traffic enforcement until their pizza order was going to be ready,” wrote MSP Detective Sgt. Kyle Gorham in his report. “I asked Thomas if, at the time of the accident, they were heading into Fennville to pick up the pizza. Thomas replied, ‘no,’ they were attempting to make a traffic stop on a speeder.”

But Lantzy, an attorney with Buckfire & Buckfire P.C., said he doesn’t buy Goggins’ denial. 

“I don’t believe they were planning to pull over a speeding motorist

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Indiana police officer shot and killed during traffic stop in ‘senseless act of violence’

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A 24-year-old police officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Madison County, Indiana, around 2 am on Sunday, according to law enforcement.

Noah Shahnavaz, a US Army veteran who had been a member of the Elwood Police Department for 11 months, was taken to an Indianapolis-area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The suspect, 42-year-old Carl Roy Webb Boards II, allegedly got out of a 2012 Buick LaCrosse after being pulled over and fired at Shahnavaz multiple times, striking him at least once, according to the Indiana State Police.

Boards then apparently fled the scene in his car before Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies located him around 2:30 am

Police deployed a tire deflation device and performed two PIT maneuvers, sending the Buick into a median. Boards was taken into custody without further incident.

He will be charged on Monday with murder, possession of a firearm by a violent felon, resisting law enforcement, as well as two enhancements for use of a firearm and being a habitual offender, according to Madison County chief deputy prosecutor Andrew Hannah.

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“Noah proudly wore the Elwood Police Department uniform, serving the citizens of Elwood, he was part of our city family. A senseless act of violence robbed this man of the life and career that he had ahead of him,” Elwood Mayor Todd Jones said at a press conference on Sunday afternoon.

“On behalf of myself, my family and a most grateful city, I’m asking you to keep Noah’s family, friends, the Elwood Police Department and our city in your thoughts and prayers as we attempt to navigate through this tragic time.”

Carl Roy Webb Boards II, 42, allegedly shot and killed a police officer on Sunday morning in Madison County, Indiana.

Carl Roy Webb Boards II, 42, allegedly shot and

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