Correctional Officer Frederick Gayle Hyatt

Correctional Officer Frederick Gayle Hyatt

Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, November 8, 2003

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Frederick Gayle Hyatt

Officer Frederick Hyatt was strangled and beaten to death during an escape attempt by five inmates at the Middle Tennessee Correctional Complex at 7177 Cockrill Bend Boulevard in Nashville.

Other officers noticed an inmate in a common area, out of his cell, at approximately 11:30 pm. The officers attempted to contact Officer Hyatt, who was assigned to the common area, but were unable to reach him.

When officers responded to the common area, they located Officer Hyatt's body. He had been strangled with a cord from a laundry bag and beaten with his flashlight and a sock filled with canned food. Officer Hyatt was taken to Saint Thomas Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

None of the five inmates were able to escape, and all were kept in custody at the prison.

Officer Hyatt was a United States Army Vietnam veteran and had served with the Tennessee Department of Correction for 11 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.

The Middle Tennessee Correctional Complex was renamed the Charles B. Bass Correctional Complex, and in 2014 the facility closed.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender In custody

correctional Facility, escape attempt, prisoner custody

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Officer Hyatt,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy


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November 8, 2023

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