As law enforcement searches for a suspect accused of killing a Nassau Bay police sergeant, thousands and thousands of Texans’ telephones notified them to be looking out with a Blue Alert.
The Blue Alert was launched in Texas in 2008 when then-governor Rick Perry signed Executive Order RP-68.
It was created to let residents throughout the state know when an offender who killed or severely injured a federal, state or local law enforcement officer within the line of responsibility is on the run.
Based on DPS, 4 criteria have to be met to issue the alert:
- A law enforcement officer should have been killed or severely injured by an offender.
- The investigating law enforcement agency should decide that the offender poses a critical risk or threat to the general public and other law enforcement personnel.
- An in depth description of the offender’s automobile, vehicle tag, or partial tag should be available for broadcast to the general public.
- The investigating law enforcement agency of jurisdiction must recommend activation of the Blue Alert to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Texas is among the 34 states that at the moment has the system in place.
Wednesday’s alert was an effort to find 21-year-old Tavores D. Henderson, who’s accused of killing Nassau Bay Police Sgt. Kaila Sullivan, 43, Tuesday night time.
While the suspect was being handcuffed, police mentioned he was capable of get away from Sullivan and another officer, get back in his automobile and hit Sullivan while leaving the scene.
— Blue Alert (@BlueAlertUs) December 11, 2019
There’s a reward of as much as $20,000 for info leading to Henderson’s arrest.
In case you have any info relating to Henderson’s whereabouts, call (713) 222-TIPS or the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at (713) 906-9597.