Police Officer Sean Louis Callahan
Clayton County Police Department, Georgia
End of Watch: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Tour of Duty: 4 months
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 17, 2012
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Gregory Porter
Clayton County Police Department
7911 North McDonough Street
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Phone: (770) 477-3747
Police Officer Sean Callahan succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day during a foot pursuit in Stockbridge at approximately 2:15 pm.
He and other officers had responded to a domestic disturbance at a motel on Davidson Parkway. As officers attempted to arrest the male subject he began to resist and fled on foot. The officers chased the man around the motel where the subject opened fire, striking Officer Callahan in the head twice. Other officers returned fire, killing the subject.
Officer Callahan was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the following morning.
Officer Callahan had only served with the Clayton County Police Department for four months.
JONESBORO — Clayton County police Officer Sean Louis Callahan died doing what he loved.
Callahan was shot answering a call at a Stockbridge motel Monday afternoon. He died about 14 hours later. Police said the alleged shooter was also killed. The man’s wife was taken into custody and is awaiting her first appearance in Clayton County Magistrate Court.
Lt. Chris Windley said the job of a police officer is not an easy one.
"A police officer is a job that only a few people have the mental and physical ability to perform," he said. "For those few men and woman that do have those abilities, it is an honor to be able to put on that uniform."
Windley said police officers face dangers every time they don the uniform.
"Our job as police officers is to protect and serve," he said. "Our job requires us to run to face the danger, no matter what the circumstances. We don’t do this job to be seen, we do this job to protect our nation."
Like most officers, Callahan loved his job, he said.
"We do this job because it is something that we love to do," said Windley. "Officer Sean Louis Callahan joined the Clayton County Police Department because he wanted to do something that he loved."
Windley asked for prayers for the Callahan family, the police department and the Clayton County community as they endure the loss of a fallen comrade.
A rookie officer died early Tuesday morning from gunshot wounds to the head after responding to a domestic dispute at a Stockbridge motel.
The 24-year-old had only been on the job for four months, according to Clayton County police.
Officer Sean Louis Callahan died at 5:16 a.m. after undergoing surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital, Lt. Chris Windley said in an e-mail.
Officer Callahan was shot twice in the head, police Chief Gregory Porter told reporters Monday night.
“Devastated, it’s very devastating,” Chief Porter told reporters outside of Grady Memorial Hospital, according to a media report. “You never want to hear what I heard today.”
Officer Callahan and another officer had responded to a domestic disturbance about 2:17 p.m. at the Motel 6 at 7233 Davidson Pkwy. off Ga. 138.
Upon arrival, officers confronted the man and woman who were involved in that dispute, Lt. Windley said.
The man began fighting with officers and was able to get away.
"Officers began chasing the suspect, at which time; the suspect ran around the building and began shooting at officers," Lt. Windley said. "Officers were able to return fire, fatally wounding the male suspect."
But not before he shot the officer. Numerous officers escorted their injured comrade as he was rushed to the hospital.
Meanwhile, police took the woman involved in the dispute into custody. So far, police have not released her name nor the name of the man.
They have also not released the charges that the woman faces.
Chief Porter described the rookie cop as “very energetic, a professional officer. Supervisors in the department speak highly of his performance.”
It’s the second time in less than a week that a Clayton police officer has been seriously injured in the line of duty.
Last Wednesday, Officer Michael Hooks, an 11-year veteran, was run over by a car driven by a suspected burglar with an extensive criminal record.
The officer sustained a serious head injury but is expected to recover.
Police are still searching for the suspect, Mr. Thomas Areeco Paige, 36, of Hampton.