The flags are lowered to half staff outside the Clayton County Police Dept. in honor and memory of Officer Sean Callahan.
"We're asking everyone to keep us in their prayers and let us heal through this process," police Chief Gregory Porter said.
As the department mourns the loss of one of their own, his family remembers Callahan's bright spirit.
"He's the funniest guy I know. He always knew how to make you laugh and even when you were sad, he always knew what to say," sister Candace Shirley said.
Shirley looked up to her younger brother and admired his drive as he chased his dream.
"He just knew his calling was to be a police officer, and when he got the call from Clayton, he was ecstatic. It was like his dreams were coming true," Shirley said.
Shirley said her mom worried while Callahan was on the job, but she tried to reassure her.
"It scared me knowing he was out there, but it also instilled a sense of pride because he's out there, and he's protecting people who can't protect themselves. He was my hero," Shirley said.
Callahan was doing what he loved on Monday when he responded to a domestic call at the Motel 6 in Stockbridge. Police said suspect Tremaine Lebis ran into the woods, then shot at Callahan, striking him twice in the head. The 24-year-old was with the department only four months before being killed in the line of duty.
"We're so thankful for the prayers and the well wishes, and we know we are loved in community in a state where people like Sean don't die in vain," Shirley said.
Lebis was also shot and killed on Monday. His wife, Lisa Lebis, was charged with obstruction and simple battery on a police officer. She was granted $17,500 bond at her first court appearance on Tuesday.
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