HOUSTON — The suspected killer of a Nassau Bay police sergeant is finally behind bars Friday following a manhunt that lasted about two days and garnered national attention.
Tavores D. Henderson, 21, was arrested overnight at a home in the 4200 block of Heritage Trail in southeast Houston, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. He was found thanks to an anonymous tip submitted to Crime Stoppers.
The suspect is accused of fatally hitting Sgt. Kaila Sullivan, 43, during a traffic stop after officers confronted him about two outstanding domestic violence warrants out of Harris County.
Henderson appeared in probable cause court hours later and his bond was set at $150,000 for a capital murder charge in the sergeant's death. The court's bail decision has left many law enforcement officers, including high-ranking officials, disappointed and perplexed.
The suspect's mom, Tiffany Henderson, is facing charges of hindering arrest. Her boyfriend is accused of helping, too.
On Wednesday morning, SWAT officers were posted at a southeast Houston home belonging to the suspect's mother. At the time, it was believed Henderson may have been barricaded inside, but the search for him there turned up empty.
Investigators said his mother had been at work and did not know they were searching for him . Officials said there is a good chance he was armed.
“This is a nightmare scenario for our city," Nassau Bay Mayor Mark Denman said. "First time an officer has ever been seriously injured, much less killed in the line of duty. We are a very safe city. All I can say is keep officer Sullivan’s family in your prayers and we will go forward.”
Sullivan was called to the scene as backup
Investigators said it started around 8:30 p.m. when a Nassau Bay police officer made a traffic stop in the parking lot of The Sapphire apartment complex on San Sebastian Court in Nassau Bay Sgt. Sullivan was called in as backup.
As the officers were attempting to arrest the driver on a domestic violence warrant out of Harris County, officials said the suspect was able to break free, get back in his car and then drive away. While escaping, the suspect allegedly struck Sullivan with the vehicle.
The vehicle was found not too far away from the scene and the suspect ran away.
Sullivan was taken to HCA Houston Clear Lake Hospital and passed away from her injuries there. Sullivan was coming up on her 16th anniversary with the Nassau Bay Police Department.
“Her blood ran blue, that’s the best I can tell you," Nassau Bay Police Chief Tim Cromie said. "She’s a police officer’s police officer. She’s going to be deeply missed by the department, by the officers and by the community here. She was very well entrenched in this community having been here, working here for almost 16 years.”
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is now leading the investigation.
“Another grim reminder of the dangerous job of a police officer out there protecting our streets, and we are going to make sure we honor her legacy and make sure that we do a good job out here," HCSO Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.