Officer Sean Callahan
“He offered to the department a sense of zeal unlike any other.”
– Eldrin Bell, Clayton County Board of Commissions Chairman
Clayton County Police Officer Sean Callahan was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a suspect on December 18, 2012. Callahan and fellow officers were responding to a domestic disturbance at a motel in Stockbridge when one suspect began resisting arrest and fled on foot. The suspect, who was released from prison seven months earlier, opened fire on the officers, striking Callahan in the head twice. Other officers returned fire, killing the suspect. Callahan was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital and died early the next morning.
Officer Callahan, a 2006 graduate of Lassiter High School in Marietta, paid his own way through Reinhardt University’s Police Academy in Alpharetta, graduating in June 2011. He had been with the Clayton County Police Department for just four months. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Darlene & John, and sister, Candice.