TEXAS, USA UU. – While police are searching for a suspect accused of murdering a police sergeant in Nassau Bay, millions of Texas phones told them they were alert 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 inform residents of the entire state when a criminal who killed or seriously injured a fugitive federal, state or local law enforcement officer is fleeing.
According to DPS, four criteria must be met to issue the alert:
A police officer must have been killed or seriously injured by a criminal.
The law enforcement agency must determine that the offender represents a serious risk or threat to the public and other law enforcement personnel.
A detailed description of the vehicle, the vehicle label or the offender’s partial label must be available for public disclosure.
The police investigation agency should recommend the activation of the blue alert to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Texas is one of the 34 states that currently have the system running.
Wednesday’s warning was an effort to locate Tavares D. Henderson, 21, accused of killing the police sergeant in Nassau Bay. Kaila Sullivan, 43, Tuesday night.
While the suspect was handcuffed, police said he was able to escape from Sullivan and another officer, return to his vehicle and hit Sullivan when he left.
— Blue Alert (@BlueAlertUs) December 11, 2019
There is a reward of up to $ 20,000 for information that leads to Henderson’s arrest.
If you have information about Henderson’s whereabouts, call (713) 222-TIPS or the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at (713) 906-9597.