By Kathy Jefcoats
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.
Less than 18 months ago, Clayton County mourned the loss of its first countywide officer to die by gunfire. Clayton sheriff's Deputy Rick Daly, 55, died July 20, 2011, after being shot during a traffic stop in Riverdale.