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Posted on: December 10, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Incident Involving Death of a Police Officer

(December 13, 2019, at 5:15 p.m.) – The funeral service for Sgt. Kaila Sullivan will be Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Grace Church Houston, 14505 Gulf Fwy. Houston, TX 77034. The public is welcome. 

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(December 13, 2019, at 1:03 p.m.)

To the citizens of Nassau Bay and Harris County:

I am as dismayed as everyone else regarding the bond set for the capital murder suspect of Sgt. Sullivan. We have been overwhelmed with expressions of outrage and support from the community, along with confusion and questions.  I would like to attempt to clear up some of those questions and hopefully ease any possible anxiety throughout our community. 

After learning of the $150,000.00 bond set for the defendant, I had numerous conversations with DA Kim Ogg and other law enforcement partners from around the region to clarify the process.  During our conversation, we discussed the bond and judicial aspects of this case.   The defendant’s original family violence charge now has zero or no bond because his original bond was forfeited. The DA Office was already working to refile the original Felony Murder charge as Capital Murder, and a new probable cause/bond hearing would be scheduled for some time today.

I was then contacted by Brett Ligon, elected DA in Montgomery County. He informed me that the defendant had a felony case pending in Montgomery County with no bond and he had confirmed a hold was placed with Harris County Jail. 

I also learned that the defendant had ANOTHER pending felony theft case in the 56th District Court in Galveston County. Judge Lonnie Cox had already revoked the bond in that case and issued a no bond on the warrant (requiring the suspect to be held and appear in his court).  Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset contacted me first thing this morning to let me know that he had confirmed the Harris County Jail had received the paperwork from Galveston County to hold the defendant on the Galveston County case. 

With all these moving parts in place, I feel confident that the suspect will not be getting out of jail any time soon.

I would like to thank all the law enforcement and judicial entities that contacted me or took my calls in the late evening so that we could work together to ensure the safety of our communities.  Once again, a coordinated effort by our public safety officials from across a multi-county region are supporting the Nassau Bay Police Department and its residence to see that Sgt. Sullivan, along with other victims, receives justice. 

I promise to my department and community, but mostly to Sgt. Sullivan’s family, that I will be following up on all these cases and court hearings.  The Nassau Bay Police Department and all our partner agencies will continue to work together to provide our citizens with the highest level of protection that we can. 

Thank you to everyone for the tips and leads, as well as the support for our community in this terrible time of tragedy.   We will move forward together and become stronger with remembrance and honor of Sgt. Kaila Sullivan.

With deep sorrow,

Tim Cromie
Chief of Police
Nassau Bay Police Department

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(December 13, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.) Donation Information: Monetary donations for the family of Sergeant Sullivan please visit Harris County Benevolence Association.

Link: HCSO Benevolence Association

Food donations for the Police Department and City Staff - If you wish to donate food, we ask that you donate a food gift card for use in the upcoming weeks. We have received a generous outpouring of food since Wednesday morning and we greatly appreciate it. 

The City of Nassau would like to thank everyone for their generous donations. We ask that the community continue to wrap their arms around our Nassau Bay Police Officers and keep them in your prayers. This is a strong community and we will get through this together.

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(December 13, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.) – Nassau Bay Police Chief Tim will hold a media briefing today, December 13, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. Private interviews will not be given after the briefing. Please be present if you wish to hear from him. Location: Donald C. Matter Municipal Building Council Chambers (1800 Space Park Drive, Nassau Bay, TX)

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(December 12, 2019, 2:30 p.m.) – Nassau Bay Police Chief Tim Cromie would like to announce that the suspect in the murder of Sergeant Kaila Sullivan has been captured. A short time ago, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and US Marshal Gary Blankinship personally called Chief Cromie to notify him of the arrest.

“We would like to extend our thanks to all the law enforcement personnel involved in the tracking and arrest of the suspect. We are also grateful to the citizens in the community that have been sharing tips and leads to assist with the arrest,” said Chief Cromie. “We ask that you continue to keep Sgt. Sullivan and her family, as well as the officers and staff of the Nassau Bay Police Department, in your thoughts and prayers, and continue to respect the privacy of the family.”

Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Tavores Henderson at a home in the 4200 block of Heritage Trail in Houston, Texas.

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(December 11, 2019 2:30 p.m.) – A candlelight vigil will be held for Sergeant Kaila Sullivan who was killed in the line of duty late Tuesday evening. The Nassau Bay Police Department invites the community to join them in honoring Sergeant Sullivan’s heroic legacy.

That candlelight vigil will be held Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. The community is asked to gather in front of Nassau Bay City Hall, located at 1800 Space Park Drive, Nassau Bay, TX 77058.

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(December 11, 2019, 2:16 p.m.) – Those wishing to pay their respects for fallen Sergeant Sullivan, you may place flowers at the flag poles in front of City Hall.