Clayton officer dies after being shot

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.


OscarKnight 2 years, 9 months ago

....Our Family Offers Their Heart Felt Prayers for The Officer Callahan and His Family.

..If I'm not mistaken, Officer Callahan might be the first Officer, from The Clayton County Police Department that has ever been killed by hostile gunfire.

....Please accept my sincere condolences.........I will make sure that the memory of Officer Callahan will not be forgotten with my family members.


Robert 2 years, 9 months ago

So sad. The next recreation building should be in honor of Officer Callahan and not some self inflated ego maniac politician.

To the unnamed gunman and all future such, which would be better? Jail time or to be buried? Had this gunman been taken to jail he would have had three meals and a fair trial but because of his own actions now a good policeman is dead and so is he. I hate to say that I'm glad this unnamed gunman is dead but I am. Now society won't have to pay for housing, food and his lawyer. But to all future criminals you might want to think before going up against the police.

Romans 13

13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.


OscarKnight 2 years, 9 months ago

......I tried to post a photo, but, it didn't worked here.


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