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80-year-old area state prison physician killed at home near Cleveland



The Pickaway Correctional Institution and the Correctional Reception Center are in Orient, Ohio, in northern Pickaway County near Columbus. The Correctional Reception Center houses approximately 1,500 inmates. The Pickaway Correctional Institution houses about 2,100 inmates. [Doral Chenoweth/Dispatch]


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The Pickaway Correctional Institution and the Correctional Reception Center are in Orient, Ohio, in northern Pickaway County near Columbus. The Correctional Reception Center houses approximately 1,500 inmates. The Pickaway Correctional Institution houses about 2,100 inmates. [Doral Chenoweth/Dispatch]

An 80-year-old physician at the Correctional Reception Center, a prisoner-intake center near Orient in Pickaway County, was slain at his home near Cleveland.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced the “tragic” death of Craig Cullen, without offering any details, at his coronavirus briefing Thursday afternoon.

cleveland.com reported the man was found dead outside his home in Lakewood and a suspect in his death surrendered after a standoff.

Cullen was a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, the governor said.

Cullen drove regularly from Lakewood in northern Ohio to work at the reception center south of Columbus, the governor said.

Records show he has worked for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction since 2010. Cullen has been a licensed physician in Ohio since 1977. He is a medical graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story briefly posted online incorrectly reported where the physician was killed.

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