70ºF

Suspect in Nassau Bay officer’s death ‘cooperative’ after his arrest, officials say

A member of the Harris County Sheriff's Office posted this photo of a handcuffed Tavores Henderson being placed in a patrol car in Houston on Dec. 12, 2019.
A member of the Harris County Sheriff's Office posted this photo of a handcuffed Tavores Henderson being placed in a patrol car in Houston on Dec. 12, 2019. (HCSO)

HOUSTON – After a two-day manhunt across multiple counties, deputies on Thursday arrested the suspect in the death of Nassau Bay police Sgt. Kaila Sullivan.

Tavores Henderson, 21, was taken into custody at a home in the 4200 block of Heritage Trail, officials said. He has been charged with capital murder in connection with Sullivan’s death during a traffic stop Tuesday night.

Investigators said Sullivan was killed when Henderson, who she was trying to arrest, got away, jumped into a vehicle and ran over her. The vehicle was later found abandoned, police said.

For days, officials searched for Henderson and there was a $20,000 reward offered for information that would lead to his arrest. Officials said a Crime Stoppers tip led them to Henderson.

Investigators said Henderson has confessed to the crime and has been “cooperative” since his arrest.

Henderson’s mother, her boyfriend also charged

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Henderson’s mother and her boyfriend are accused of hindering law enforcement who were trying to arrest Henderson.

According to Sean Teare, of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Henderson’s mother and her boyfriend picked up Henderson the night of the crash and took him to a hotel, where Henderson spent the night. She then drove back to her house in Sunnyside, where deputies were looking for Henderson, Teare said. Henderson’s mother initially denied knowing him, but later changed her story to not knowing his location, Teare said.

Both of them have been charged with hindering the apprehension of a felon, Teare said.

Teare said more charges are possible as investigators work to establish a timeline of Henderson’s movements after the crash.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

This story was originally published by our sister station in Houston, KPRC.


About the Authors: