STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - Channel 2’s Mark Winne has confirmed a Clayton County police officer was shot Monday afternoon.
News Chopper 2 flew over a Motel 6 on Davidson Parkway in Stockbridge, where law enforcement officers were spread out across the area around 3:30 p.m.
The incident stemmed from a domestic dispute, police said. They said when two responding officers were arresting the pair involved, a male suspect fled, and an officer chased him.
Police said the man ran around the building and began shooting at officers, and officers fired back, killing the gunman.
"I heard about 15 to 20 gunshots. It was like two separate series of gunshots,” witness Rayanne Smith told Winne.
Officer Sean Callahan, 24, was shot twice in the head, investigators said.
Atlanta police, along with officers from other jurisdictions, escorted an ambulance carrying Callahan to Grady Memorial Hospital.
Callahan underwent surgery Monday night. At last check, Clayton County Police Chief Greg Porter said the officer was in very serious condition.
“I seen the police run by and as soon as they ran by I heard at least eight shots,” witness Nikeisha Smith said.
“Then a couple of seconds passed, then there was another eight or nine shots fired,” witness Dennis Rodgers said.
News Chopper 2 showed a woman being taken into custody.
“I heard her calling his name, telling him to run towards the woods,” witness Mario Gaston said.
A source also said a county deputy responding to the scene hit a tree but is OK.
Porter held an evening news conference asking for support while the officer was in surgery.
“At this point, I ask everyone to keep the officer in their prayers,” Porter said.
Porter said Callahan had been with the department for four months.
“Any time a situation such as this comes to my attention as a police chief, it’s very devastating,” he said.
Tuesday morning, officers remained at the scene of the shooting collecting evidence and trying to piece together exactly what happened.