Slain Clayton County police Officer Sean Callahan
JONESBORO — When Clayton County police Officer Sean Callahan answered a domestic violence call Dec. 17, 2012, he was walking into one of the most dangerous situations faced by law enforcement.
Someone had called 911 to report a disturbance between husband and wife Tremaine and Lisa Lebis at Motel 6 in Stockbridge. Police said both suspects fought with officers trying to arrest them. Lisa Lebis reportedly kicked a sheriff’s deputy in the chest. Her husband broke free and ran around a building before firing at Callahan.
Officers returned fire, killing Tremaine Lebis, a convicted felon on parole until 2016 for aggravated assault and weapons charges. He was released from state prison in May 2012 after serving 15 years.
Callahan, 24, died the day after being shot, become the department’s first officer to die by gunfire in the line of duty. He will be recognized during a ceremony Wednesday morning by The Domestic Violence Coalition, said Sgt. Kevin Hughes.
“The coalition will be presenting a resolution in honor of Officer Sean Callahan, who was killed responding to a domestic violence call,” said Hughes.
Hughes said Georgia Commission of Family Violence has successfully shepherded House and Senate resolutions honoring Callahan.
Lisa Lebis is being held in Clayton County Jail on 16 charges including murder, two counts of disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property in the second degree, five counts of obstruction of an officer, simple battery, theft by receiving stolen property, two counts of possession of a dangerous weapon and three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
At a 2013 bond reduction hearing, Clayton County Chief Assistant District Attorney Erman Tanjuatco listed 17 incidents in Lebis’ criminal background, going back to a 2001 arrest in Spalding County for financial transaction card fraud. Her record includes theft by taking, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, DUI, false report of a crime and probation violation.
She is due to go to trial next month.