What we know about the suspect wanted in Nassau Bay police sergeant’s death

Tavores Henderson, the man accused of killing the Nassau Bay police officer, has a violent history.
Tavores Henderson, the man accused of killing the Nassau Bay police officer, has a violent history.

HOUSTON – The man wanted in connection with the death of Nassau Bay police Sgt. Kaila Sullivan’s Tuesday night was identified as 21-year-old Tavores D. Henderson, according to a tweet from Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

Officials have filed a felony murder charge against Henderson.

“He remains on the run and not yet in custody,” Gonzalez wrote.

In a news conference Wednesday morning, Nassau Bay police Chief Time Cromie said SWAT officers with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office entered a home where it was believed Henderson may have been hiding but it was found to be empty.

Henderson is described as being about 6 feet tall. When he fled the scene Tuesday night, Cromie said he was wearing a handcuff on one arm but it is unknown if he is still wearing it. A mugshot tweeted by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office provides a clearer image of Henderson’s neck tattoo.

Tavores Dewayne Henderson, 21, is wanted in connection with the Dec. 10, 2019 death of Nassau Bay Sgt. Kaila Sullivan. (Images from HCSO, FBCSO, Nassau Bay PD) (KPRC)

Dwaylon Davidson who said he was friends with Henderson spoke to KPRC 2 after a SWAT standoff ended in Sunnyside.

“He’s a good dude. Good, good dude. I don’t know how this happened," Davidson said.

Criminal record

Even before the tragic incident involving the police sergeant, Henderson had active criminal cases in Harris, Montgomery, and Galveston counties. In 2016, Henderson had additional cases in Fort Bend county, which were later dismissed.

In Harris County, in addition to the murder charge, Henderson still has a pending felony Aggravated Assault against a family member charge, a felony. He is accused of pointing a gun at a woman who is the mother of his child, threatening to shoot her, and placing his hands around her neck, choking her.

Henderson was arrested in February, posted $50,000 bond in July, and posted video of his release from the Harris County Jail on his Instagram account.

Then, on Tuesday, a new misdemeanor assault charge surfaced involving the same ex-girlfriend. The new charge generated a warrant for his arrest, before the tragic incident Tuesday.

Also this year, in Montgomery County, Henderson was charged with Felony Theft related to an incident at a Conroe Home Depot involving power tools. Henderson was indicted on a nearly identical charge in Galveston County, this summer.

In 2016, Henderson was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession, failure to identify himself, and unlawful carrying of a weapon. Those charges were later dismissed.

Tavores D. Henderson seen leaving the Harris County Jail in July 2019.
Tavores D. Henderson seen leaving the Harris County Jail in July 2019.

If anyone has information regarding Henderson’s whereabouts, you’re urged to contact officials on the Crime Stoppers tip line at 713-222-TIPS or contact police at 713-274-9100.

Crime Stoppers Houston’s Fallen Hero Project announced an increased reward of $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of Henderson. The Fallen Hero Project has gotten $5,000 from Crime Stoppers, $5,000 from The 100 Club and $10,000 from the U.S. Marshal’s Service for this reward.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted that anyone who tries to help Henderson continue to hide from law enforcement could face up to 5 years in prison.