CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A Clayton County police officer has died after a shootout at the Motel 6 in Stockbridge Monday.
Officer Sean Callahan, 24, had only been on the job four months and is the first officer the department has lost in the line of duty.
He died just after 5:15 a.m. Tuesday at Grady Memorial Hospital.
"A police officer is a job that only a few people have the mental and physical ability to perform," Lt. Chris Windley said in a statement Tuesday.
"For those few men and women that do have those abilities, it is an honor to be able to put on that uniform. 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. 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."