Police Sgt. Kaila Sullivan, 43, was killed Tuesday when she was allegedly struck by a Jeep driven by Tavores Henderson, who was last seen in Missouri City

By KC Baker
December 12, 2019 03:41 PM
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Credit: Nassau Bay Police Department

UPDATE: The Harris County Sheriff’s Office announced on Twitter that Tavores Dewayne Henderson, the suspect in the death of Nassau Bay Police Sgt. Kaila Sullivan, was taken into custody without incident.

Authorities are searching for a 21-year-old Texas man who allegedly killed a Houston-area police sergeant by resisting arrest during a traffic stop and striking her with his car while fleeing the scene.

Tavores Dewayne Henderson was last seen in Missouri City just before 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, local station KHOU reports.

He may be headed to Louisiana in a red Buick with a Texas license plate with windows and a missing back window, say police, KHOU reports.

Henderson is wanted for murder in the death of Nassau Bay Sgt. Kaila Sullivan, 43, a 15-year veteran of the force who was known as a devoted mother, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Travores Dewayne Henderson, 21, of East Houston, Texas
| Credit: Nassau Bay Police Department

Known as “the rock” of the Nassau Bay Police Department, she was coming up on her 16th anniversary with the force, the Houston Chronicle reports.

She is the second Houston-area officer in less than a week to be killed in the line of duty. On Saturday, Houston Police Sgt. Christ Brewster, 32, was shot and killed while responding to a call about a domestic disturbance, KHOU reports.

On Wednesday night, Nassau Bay officers were joined by members of law enforcement agencies from other parts of the state to pay tribute to Sullivan outside the hospital, local station KTRK reports.

With the American flag flying at half-staff, police escorted the vehicle carrying her body to the medical examiner’s office as officers saluted her, KTRK reports.

Calling Sullivan a “hero,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said her death is “just another grim reminder of the dangerous job of a police officer…out there protecting our streets,” local station KATC reports.

Sullivan lost her life on Tuesday night when she was assisting another officer who’d pulled Henderson over for a traffic stop on San Sebastian Court in Houston, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office says in a release.

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When they realized that Henderson was wanted on an outstanding misdemeanor for allegedly assaulting a family member, they tried to apprehend him. But when officers tried to handcuff him, he allegedly resisted and got away from the officers and jumped back into his Jeep before allegedly striking Sullivan.

Sullivan was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police later found the Jeep abandoned in the parking lot of an apartment complex.

Shortly after, an army of officers surrounded his mother’s house in Houston using megaphones to try to communicate with him but later determined he was not there, KHOU reports.

Henderson is described as a black male who is approximately 6’0, 130 pounds with brown eyes and black hair with curls on top and shaved on the side.

The U.S. Marshals Office, Houston Crime Stoppers and The 100 Club are offering a reward of $20,000 for information leading to his capture.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call Houston Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS.