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Fallen officer to be honored Monday

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

JONESBORO — Slain Clayton County police Officer Sean Callahan will be honored Monday during a ceremony where his name will be unveiled on the moving memorial wall recognizing men and women killed in the line of duty.

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Sean Callahan

Chief Greg Porter said his department and the county will honor Callahan's life at a 2 p.m. ceremony on the front lawn of the headquarters. Porter, Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeff Turner and Ed Christian, founder of the Georgia Police Memorial Ride, are expected to speak.

Porter said Callahan's family will also attend.

Callahan, 24, of Kennesaw is the first officer from that department to die by gunfire in the line of duty. At the time of his Dec. 18 death, he was the second countywide officer in Clayton to die in 17 months.

Callahan and other officers went to the Stockbridge Motel 6 Dec. 17 in response to a domestic disturbance allegedly involving Tremaine Lebis, 41, and his wife, Lisa Ann Lebis, 40, of Turner Road in McDonough.

Police said Tremaine Lebis resisted arrest and ran from officers. When Callahan gave chase, Tremaine Lebis allegedly shot him. Officers returned fire, killing Tremaine Lebis. Callahan died the next day.

Lisa Lebis was arrested and charged with simple battery, obstruction of an officer, theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and first offender probationer. She is being held in the Clayton County Jail on $67,500 bond.

Callahan was born in New Orleans and attended Lassiter High School, Reinhardt University and Kennesaw State University. Callahan enjoyed swimming, racquetball and working out. He was also an avid reader.

He put himself through the police academy rather than seek out a law enforcement agency to sponsor him and was hired in August by the Clayton County Police Department.