Metro Atlanta cop dies from gunshot

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 9:57 AM
Last updated 6:28 PM
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ATLANTA — A police officer has died less than a day after being shot twice in the head during a gunfight south of Atlanta, and just four months after the officer joined the force.

Clayton County police Officer Sean Callahan, 24, died of his injuries around 5:16 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

The shooting happened Monday afternoon after police were called to a domestic dispute near a motel on Davidson Parkway in Stockbridge — about 20 miles southeast of Atlanta.

Police had been called to a domestic dispute around 2 p.m. Monday. Officers tried to arrest a couple at the motel, but the man broke free. Officers chased after the man, who fired shots at them, Clayton County Police Chief Gregory Porter told reporters. Police returned fire and killed him.

The unidentified woman who was involved in the dispute was taken into custody.

Callahan was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where he had been in critical condition Monday night.

“Our job as police officers is to protect and serve. Our job requires us to run to face the danger, no matter what the circumstances,” Lt. Chris Windley said in Tuesday’s statement.

Callahan is the second Clayton County police officer to be seriously hurt while on duty within a week.

On Wednesday, one of two burglary suspects hit officer Michael Hooks with a truck in Jonesboro and fled the scene. Authorities arrested one suspect and are still searching for the 36-year-old man who hit Hooks.

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Frank I
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Frank I 12/18/12 - 10:18 am
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damn..

just damn..

YeCats
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YeCats 12/18/12 - 10:48 am
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God bless this officer's

God bless this officer's family.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/18/12 - 10:52 am
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Tragically another officer

Tragically another officer struck down while doing his job. We don't pay them enough to do what we ask them to do while at the same time we tie their hands.

They should have been able to legally shoot this guy when he attempted to run. Halt...bang. Scumbag dead, officer alive. Young, old, black, white, armed, unarmed. I don't care. I'd rather have the scumbag dead than an officer dead. We don't pay them enough to chase these scumbags up dark streets and alleys. We don't pay them enough to die.

And for what. Even if they had caught him some scumbag prosecutor and scumbag judge would have let him out on probation. Cops should just cool it, draw their paychecks, and never take a chance. The public won't back you up, the prosecutors won't back you up, and the courts won't back you up. Most of the public you are "protecting and serving" are not worth dying for. As we are being so emphatically told, the demographics have changed.

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MarinerMan 12/18/12 - 10:56 am
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Prayers to the Officer's Family
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Prayers to the officer's family. Parents should never have to bury their child, even @ 24 years of age. You can be proud of your son. And thanks goes to the Clayton County PD for taking the pile of yak-squeeze down, providing him his just deserved dirt nap. Saves us a bunch of money and time, to execute him. Remember, we need to change the law -- you fire on a law enforcement officer, and it is an automatic Capital Offense.

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rmwhitley 12/18/12 - 12:00 pm
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God bless
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Mr. Callahan's soul. It does not pay enough to be a police officer in Clayton, DeKalb, Rockdale or Fulton counties. Too many uncivilized animals roam these streets.

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 12/18/12 - 04:24 pm
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Seeing stories like this

Seeing stories like this makes me worry. My son was just sworn in last Friday for RCSD. He is the same age of the officer that got killed. It is something he wanted to do become a police officer.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/18/12 - 06:35 pm
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dichotomy

I just can't add anything more to your comment on how I feel.

"same time we tie their hands." are the key words!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/18/12 - 06:42 pm
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No Feces

that fires at an LEO should ever leave the scene walking!

KSL
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KSL 12/18/12 - 08:14 pm
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Cobalt

I am with you on that. It seems like the scum is getting scummier.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 12/18/12 - 08:45 pm
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There is a troll in your

There is a troll in your community that gives a thumbs-down for every comment that involves justice and punishment for criminals - even those that murder in cold blood. This is exactly the type of attitude and mentality that I'm talking about with people in Augusta. Someone lost their life and yet people are trying to be pc.
Prayers and condolences going out to this young mans family.

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burninater 12/19/12 - 12:55 am
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If I've learned anything on

If I've learned anything on these comment boards, it's that the only way to prevent tragedies like this is not to reduce the number of guns on the street, but to get more guns into the hands of more law-abiding citizens. If only Officer Callahan, and his fellow LEO's, had firearms, this tragedy could have been prevented.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/19/12 - 05:19 am
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No burninater!

If only Officer Callahan, and his fellow LEO's had fired the firearms that they DO HAVE instead of chasing after IT, this tragedy could have been prevented.

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wayne2410 12/19/12 - 05:37 am
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I just hope it is burninater
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I just hope it is burninater they send first to come get my guns when they decide to try to take them. Come get em, be a man for once in your life.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/19/12 - 10:54 am
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Not to mention, if we cracked

Not to mention, if we cracked down on illegal gun transactions and put some serious teeth into gun crimes penalties, that officer might still be alive.

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