Authorities: Sergeant at Bertie Correctional Institution dies after assault

Meggan Lee Callahan. Image courtesy of Jessie Haywood.

UPDATE (April 28, 2017): Craig Wissink has since been charged with first-degree murder in the death of  Sgt. Meggan Lee Callahan.


BERTIE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — A sergeant at Bertie Correctional Institution died after she was assaulted by an inmate Wednesday evening, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Craig Wissink (Photo: N.C. Department of Public Safety)

Sgt. Meggan Lee Callahan, 29, was attacked at about 5:30 p.m. She and other guards had rushed to inmate Craig Wissink’s living area to deal with a situation.

When they got there, he attacked her. She died around 6:20 p.m., officials said.

10 On Your Side asked if Wissink used a weapon. Officials wouldn’t comment. We also asked what situation caused the guards to go to his room, but officials declined comment again.

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

Thursday, her friends in Edenton couldn’t believe the news.

“I was hoping [the news] was wrong because she meant a lot to a lot of people,” lifelong friend Michelle Rowell said.

Rowell described Callahan as a humorous person, but more like family to her friends.

Wissink is being investigated in connection to Callahan’s death. He has been in prison since April 2004. He is serving a life sentence for a first-degree murder conviction in Cumberland County. He was moved to the Central Prison in Raleigh following the attack.

The State Bureau of Investigations has been asked to conduct a full investigation into Callahan’s death.

10 On Your Side is working to learn more about the investigation.