Police are searching for a suspect following an apparent ambush involving an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper in RockedBuzz. 

It was created to let residents across the state know when an offender who killed or seriously injured a federal, state or local law enforcement officer in the line of duty is on the run. 

What is Blue alert

DPS officials say the suspect drove up to troopers while a teen sitting in the passenger’s seat attempted to shoot them with an assault rifle. However, no one was injured in the incident.

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The 17-year-old shooter was taken into custody, but troopers are still searching for the driver.

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Troopers say the suspect was driving a silver 2008-2013 Infiniti G37. It has a temporary plate with chipped paint below the license plate area.

A Blue Alert has been sent out to residents across the Valley as troopers search for the driver. This type of alert is sent out when a suspect is on the loose after killing or injuring a law enforcement official, or when a suspect poses a threat to the public or to law enforcement.

One suspect was in custody and another was at-large after the incident near 37th Avenue and Portland Street, Department of Public Safety Capt. Jesse Galvez told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

At around 9 a.m., a teenage male got out of a car and fired multiple shots with an “assault rifle” at DPS detectives in a vehicle, who returned fire, Galvez said.

The 17-year-old suspected shooter was taken into custody and the weapon was seized, but the search for the driver, believed to be a Hispanic male in his late teens, continues. No injuries were reported.

TEXAS, USA — As law enforcement searches for a suspect accused of killing a Nassau Bay police sergeant, millions of Texans’ phones notified them to be on the lookout 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 across the state know when an offender who killed or seriously injured a federal, state or local law enforcement officer in the line of duty is on the run. 

According to DPS, four criteria must be met to issue the alert:

  • A law enforcement officer must have been killed or seriously injured by an offender.
  • The investigating law enforcement agency must determine that the offender poses a serious risk or threat to the public and other law enforcement personnel.
  • A detailed description of the offender’s vehicle, vehicle tag, or partial tag must be available for broadcast to the 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 one of the 34 states that currently has the system in place. 

Wednesday’s alert was an effort to locate 21-year-old Tavores D. Henderson, who is accused of killing Nassau Bay Police Sgt. Kaila Sullivan, 43, Tuesday night. 

While the suspect was being handcuffed, police said he was able to get away from Sullivan and another officer, get back in his vehicle and hit Sullivan while leaving the scene.

There is a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to Henderson’s arrest.

If you have any information regarding Henderson’s whereabouts, call (713) 222-TIPS or the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at (713) 906-9597.

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