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Cooper orders flags across NC to half-staff in honor of slain correctional officer

Posted April 27

Megan Callahan

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— Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday ordered flags at state facilities to be lowered in honor of Sgt. Meggan Lee Callahan, a correctional officer who died Wednesday after being assaulted at the Bertie Correctional Institution in Windsor.

Officials say Callahan was attacked at about 5:30 p.m. by inmate Craig Wissink, a man serving a life sentence for a first-degree murder conviction in Cumberland County.

Emergency officials attempted to save Callahan's life following the assault, but the 29-year-old died at about 6:20 p.m., officials said.

Wissink is being investigated in connection with Callahan’s death. The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.

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

"I am deeply saddened and send my heartfelt sympathies to Sergeant Callahan's family," said Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks. "We will do all we can to support her family as well as the correctional family. The department will cooperate fully with the law enforcement investigation as well as conduct its own internal investigation."

Cooper echoed those sentiments.

“I'm deeply saddened by this tragedy. This reminds us of the risks that law enforcement including correctional officers take every day to protect us," he said.

Wissink has been in prison since April 2004.


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  • Albert Holmes Apr 27, 5:40 p.m.
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    It is time NC brought the death penalty back. It is time to clean the swamp of the dumbocrats and time to take the trash out on death row !

  • Ray Rivera Apr 27, 4:58 p.m.
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    After spending 21 years working in corrections in Connecticut and then 11 more years in North Carolina before retiring, I am deeply saddened by the death of SGT Callahan. Correction Officers around the country work quietly everyday to protect the public under very stressful and extremely dangerous conditions and dangerous individuals, many who are serving life terms and have nothing to lose. If there is a crime that requires the death penalty, it is for the crime of murder of a Correction Officer by an inmate already convicted of murder. My deepest condolences to the family, friends and fellow officers of a SGT Megan Lee a Callahan. Rest In Peace SGT Callahan, you served your state well and will be missed.

  • James Mcintyre Apr 27, 4:55 p.m.
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    Their is not enough staff period. I work at Central prison for 10 years it not Male and female problems it just not enough staff to do the job with safety. This Sgt would be alive if she had enough staff to support her. NO INMATE SHOULD HAVE TIME TO ASSAULT ANYONE LIKE THIS. THIS INMATE SHOULD BE PUT DOWN LIKE THE WILD DOG HE IS FAST DON'T WASTE TIME AND MONEY ON HIM. MAY she RIP

  • Stephanie Sauls Apr 27, 3:41 p.m.
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    I totally agree with Kevin!

  • Kevin Weidner Apr 27, 3:23 p.m.
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    Here's an idea -More death sentences and executions. Home Boy was convicted of First Degree Murder but his victim is dead, and now a corrections officer is dead yet he gets three meals a day at our expense. A single 89 cent round of ammunition back in 2004 would have gone a long way if you ask me. Praying for Officer Callahan's family.

  • Robert Hartley Apr 27, 3:16 p.m.
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    Women have worked in male facilities for a very long time. There is no DOC anymore either since you're living in the 50s.

    The problem is with staffing issues. There simply isn't enough staff to be safe at all times. It's a terrible job, with terrible pay and the only comment you can get if you're murdered in the line of duty is wrought with sexism.

    It's ok though public. The public doesn't care and they don't want to think about it or spend more on taxes to make prisons safer.

    Most people see the headline and think, "she shouldn't have worked there" and go on with their day.

    I'm disgusted by the lack of responsibility the public takes and especially all of the people that complain about taxes when it's used to pay for these very expenses.

  • Jim Frei Apr 27, 2:52 p.m.
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    Why is a female CO working at a men's prison? I think the DOC should take some blame for this screw-up.