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Bertie Correctional sergeant dies after alleged assault by convicted Cumberland County killer

Posted April 26
Updated April 27

Craig Wissink

— A sergeant at Bertie Correctional Institution died Wednesday evening following an assault by an inmate.

Authorities said that the assault occurred at about 5:30 p.m. and Sgt. Megan Lee Callahan, 29, died at about 6:20 p.m. despite life-saving measures conducted by medical staff and local first responders.

Inmate Craig Wissink is being investigated in connection with Callahan’s death.

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.

Callahan joined the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in January 2012 and was promoted to sergeant in February 2016.

Wissink has been in prison since April 2004 and is serving a life sentence for a first-degree murder conviction in Cumberland County.


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  • TJ Wahoo Apr 27, 4:23 p.m.
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    Jim Halbert, what about "serving a life sentence for murder" don't you understand? What does rehabilitation have anything to do with a lifer committing yet another murder? I do not support the death penalty but my sympathy goes only to the correctional officer. You sir have a misguided sense of justice.

  • K Hope Capps Apr 27, 2:17 p.m.
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    While I think some people CAN be rehabilitated and that there SHOULD be prison reform, there ARE people, like this particular individual, that are beyond redemption.

  • K Hope Capps Apr 27, 12:43 p.m.
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    Why is there a picture of HIM? Where's the photo of HER instead?

  • Jj Parker Apr 27, 12:40 p.m.
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    Fry him now!!!!!

  • Tom Marthers Apr 27, 12:40 p.m.
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    Well, now he needs to be convicted of murder again, and Sentence to DEATH.

  • Kiara Babel Apr 27, 12:16 p.m.
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    Apparently Jim halbert, you live in a fantasy world, there are some people for what ever reason can not be rehabilitated. They are just a burden and danger to society, Frankly I'm sick and tired of getting the bill to take care of these bums.

  • Norman Lewis Apr 27, 12:11 p.m.
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    Hopefully this time, Wissink will earn a red jumpsuit that he will wear for only a very short time. Enough is enough.

  • Sean Creasy Apr 27, 11:41 a.m.
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    Too ad NC doesn't have the same backbone that Arkansas does. Maybe then this poor guard would still be alive today. It is way past time we started thinning the herd of useless individuals like this and quit letting them sandbag our state's resources for the rest of their natural lives...

  • Charlie Watkins Apr 27, 11:29 a.m.
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    The liberals will come to the defense of the inmate who murdered the officer. Count on that.

  • Arron Lee Apr 27, 11:19 a.m.
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    My son was a correction officer and he has always said that it was not a job for a female. I agree!! Nothing sexist here, just pure common sense.