Remembrance ceremony for fallen Bertie corrections officer Friday

WINDSOR, NC (WITN) - A remembrance ceremony is being held today for the Bertie correctional officer killed by an inmate in April.

Sergeant Meggan Lee Callahan's name is being added to the Fallen Officers Memorial at the Bertie County Courthouse in Windsor.

Callahan was killed in the line of duty this past spring when officials say she responded to a trashcan fire in the prison dormitory and in inmate took a fire extinguisher away from her and attacked her with it.

The remembrance service is at 1 p.m.



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State prison officials say an inmate used a fire extinguisher in a deadly attack on a corrections officer.

Windsor police have charged Craig Wissink with first degree murder.

Sergeant Meggan Lee Callahan, 29, died at approximately 6:20 p.m. Wednesday after being attacked by an inmate at Bertie Correctional Institution.

Wissink, who is serving a life sentence for a Cumberland County murder, was moved to Central Prison in Raleigh.

The state Department of Public Safety says around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sgt. Callahan responded to a trash can fire in a prison dormitory. They say Wissink immediately attacked Callahan and managed to get the fire extinguisher away from her.

The DPS says Wissink then used the fire extinguisher in his assault on Sgt. Callahan. She ultimately died from those injuries.

He has a May 3rd court date in Windsor, and has no bond on the murder charge.

Callahan, of Edenton, had been with the Department of Public Safety since January 2012. She was promoted to sergeant in February 2016.

Wissink has been in prison since April 2004. He is serving a life sentence for a first degree murder conviction in Cumberland County. According to online records, he has had six infractions while being locked up, including interfering with staff, disobeying orders and fighting.

Gov. Roy Cooper ordered flags at all state facilities to be flown at half staff in honor of Sgt. Callahan until sunset on Friday.


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Authorities say a sergeant at Bertie Correctional Institution died following an assault by an inmate at approximately 5:30 Wednesday evening.

Sergeant Meggan Lee Callahan, 29, died at approximately 6:20 p.m., according to officials, despite life-saving measures conducted by Bertie CI medical staff and local first responders.

Inmate Craig Wissink is being investigated in connection with the sergeant's death. A prison system spokesman says Wissink has been moved to Central Prison in Raleigh.

"I am deeply saddened and send my heartfelt sympathies to Sergeant Callahan's family," said Public Safety Secretary Erik 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."

The department requested that the State Bureau Investigation conduct a full investigation into the sergeant's death.

Callahan, of Edenton, has been with the department since January 2012. She was promoted to sergeant in February 2016.

Wissink has been in prison since April 2004. He is serving a life sentence for a first degree murder conviction in Cumberland County. According to online records, he has had six infractions while being locked up, including interfering with staff, disobeying orders and fighting.

Gov. Roy Cooper today ordered flags at all state facilities to be flown at half staff in honor of Sgt. Callahan until sunset on Friday.

David Guice, Chief Deputy Secretary for Adult Correction & Juvenile Justice, says Sgt. Callahan was responding to a situation when she was attacked.

He said their staff is grieving, and they are looking at policies and procedures to make sure their correctional officers are safe.



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Information is limited at this time but authorities tell WITN they are gathering information on an incident at Bertie Correctional Institution in Windsor.

It's believed a Correctional Officer was attacked by an inmate.

Officials at the prison are not able to comment at this time.

A spokesperson with the Department of Corrections says they are still gathering information about what happened.

Stay with WITN for updates.