Nassau Bay Police Department Sgt. Kaila Sullivan died after being hit by a car 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, KHOU 11 reported. The Jeep was later found abandoned.
Tavores Dewayne Henderson, 21, is wanted in connection to Sullivan’s death. He is a black man, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 130 pounds, and may be armed, ABC 13 reported.
Henderson, who was wanted on a domestic violence warrant, broke free from police while being handcuffed and hit Sullivan while fleeing from the traffic stop, according to the Associated Press. Police said he likely still has one handcuff attached to his wrist.
Harris County Sgt. Dennis Wolfford told the AP a warrant for felony murder has been issued for Henderson.
Crime Stoppers of Houston is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to Henderson’s arrest.
Sullivan, 43, was approaching her 16-year anniversary with the Nassau Bay Police Department and had worked on the night shift, Police Chief Tim Cromie told the AP, calling her “a consummate professional in police work.” Nassau Bay is about 25 miles southeast of Houston and has about 4,000 residents.
“She was a police officer at heart. She came to work every day, she enjoyed the job,” Cromie said. “Her blood ran blue. She was a police officer’s police officer.”