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Officials still searching for suspect in death of Texas police sergeant

The suspect wanted in a Nassau Bay officer’s death was previously charged multiple times for domestic violence, records show.
Tavores Dewayne Henderson previous arrest photo. (KHOU/Houston Police Department)
Kaila Sullivan, 43, was a 15-year veteran with the Nassau Bay City Police Department. (KHOU/Nassau Bay City Police Department)

HOUSTON (KHOU) — Police are still attempting to locate the man who is responsible for killing a Houston-area police officer.

Nassau Bay Police Sgt. Kaila Sullivan, 43, was killed during a traffic stop Tuesday night. Police said she was assisting another officer with an arrest when she was struck and killed by the suspect, who was driving a Jeep.

Overnight police surrounded the suspect's mother's home but after making entry, it was determined he was not inside. The Harris County Sheriff's Office later released a photo of the suspect, identifying him as Tavores D. Henderson, 21.

An updated blue alert Wednesday night said Henderson was last seen just before 2 p.m. Wednesday in Missouri City, Texas with a man identified only as Anthony. Officials said Henderson is possibly headed to Louisiana in a red Buick with a Texas license plate and dark-tinted windows with the rear window busted out.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Henderson is facing a felony charge of murder. Call Houston Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS if you have any information on his whereabouts.

Henderson's criminal record

Tavores Dewayne Henderson, 21, is shown in a previous arrest photo from the summer of 2019 in Montgomery County, TX. (KHOU/Montgomery County Sheriff's Office)

Records show Henderson has multiple criminal records for assault on a family member. Another photo of him from the summer of 2019 comes from a previous arrest in Montgomery County.

An active warrant for his arrest stemmed from an incident on Sunday when Henderson confronted his ex-girlfriend and her co-worker and accused them of being in a relationship.

The two were attending a work function when Henderson arrived unexpectedly and allegedly threatened to fight the coworker. When his ex-girlfriend tried to leave, Henderson allegedly got out of his vehicle, picked her up and put her in his vehicle, leaving scratches on her face.

He drove for several miles before allegedly letting her go because she told him her mom and police knew where he was. The ex-girlfriend was given a protection order in the case.

Henderson also was arrested in February after another allegation of domestic violence. After visiting with his son while the child’s mother ran errands, he allegedly ran outside and told her, “open the door or I’ll shoot you,” and pointed a firearm at her.

The woman said he previously threatened her with guns, so she let him into the vehicle. He allegedly choked her after she refused to park the vehicle and threatened to “knock all her teeth out of her mouth.”

Henderson was out on bond in that case.