Police Officer Sean Louis Callahan

Police Officer Sean Louis Callahan

Clayton County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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Sean Louis Callahan

Police Officer Sean Callahan succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day during a foot pursuit in Stockbridge at approximately 2:15 pm.

He and other officers had responded to a domestic disturbance at a motel on Davidson Parkway. As officers attempted to arrest the male subject, he began to resist and fled on foot. The officers chased the man around the motel, where the subject opened fire, striking Officer Callahan in the head twice. Other officers returned fire, killing the subject. The subject had a long criminal history and had just been released from prison seven months earlier.

Officer Callahan was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the following morning.

The subject's wife resisted arrest and, through her actions, helped her husband flee. She was convicted of felony murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Officer Callahan had only served with the Clayton County Police Department for four months. He was survived by his mother, stepfather, and sister.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge 23015

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, December 17, 2012
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

arrest attempt, convicted felon, domestic, foot pursuit, parolee

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Miss you buddy, think of you all the time. I remember my brother busting one of our parties in uniform joking around then asked for a beer after scaring off half the party. You had mentioned after that my brother inspired you to want to become an officer one day I thought surely that would pass. Heard on the radio one day why hwy 75 was closed for dozens of miles for a fallen officer Sean Callahan and was like hey I know someone with that same name (we hadn’t spoken in a few years having moved forward into our adult lives) but then they said to bring him home to Cobb county and I was like uh oh.. looked on your Facebook page and saw it was you, I didn’t even realize you had followed through til finding out you made it, read into your story and you were determined, even went out it pocket and out of preferred zone to gain experience. You were such a good human and determined officer and funny friend. When I was the new kid transferring mid year into Lassiter early 2000’s you welcomed me without having to haze me first like the rest. You got the jokes no one else did and silently laughed with an contagious smile. You were too good to have lost as a friend, and would have become the right kind of officer. There’s no happy outlook to ease this pain it was a tragedy that need not be diminished with toxic positivity for the comfort of the living. I miss you wish we could catch up.

Jon avren
Neighbor, friend

July 28, 2023

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