A Clayton County Police officer was fatally wounded in the line of duty on Monday, shot twice in the head during a shootout at a Motel 6 in Stockbridge, Georgia. The 24-year-old officer, Sean Callahan, had been with the force for just four months, before passing away on Tuesday morning in Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital.
The suspect in the shootout was also killed at the scene, where officers were responding to a domestic dispute. SkyFOX 5 camera footage showed the woman who was involved in the dispute with the suspect being taken into custody by police. Police have yet to release the name of the woman or the male suspect.
“As a police chief, I take any incident seriously. However, when one of my own is involved in a situation, it seems like it hits home to me as a father, as a police chief, as a praying person,” Clayton County Police Chief Greg Porter told Fox News.
A statement released by Lt. Chris Windley on Tuesday spoke of the dangers that come with law enforcement, and Callahan’s reason for joining the department.
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. We do this job because it is something that we love to do,” Windley’s statement read.
“Officer Sean Louis Callahan joined the Clayton County Police Department because he wanted to do something that he loved,” Windley added. “Please pray for the Callahan Family, the Clayton County Police Department.”