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.

Other officers noticed an inmate who was in a common area, out of his cell, at approximately 2330 hours. 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 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 had served with the Tennessee Department of Correction for 11 years.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender In custody

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I love you dad. You taught me to be smart, strong, and giving. I always help if someone needs it because you always taught me “not everyone is bad, some people just need to receive love first hand. If you have enough for your family and yourself, why be greedy?” Unfortunately I’m all alone now, but I’m happy after 15 years you two are finally reunited. But I’m happy I know y’all missed each other, and I have a mission on Earth to be something great. You taught be everything I need to be honorable, live on my own and survive. Thank you for everything dad, not a day goes by, That I won’t think about you or a memory of us fishing. I wish u could be here physically with me, you were the only one who loved and protected me. I love you dad.. fly high

Josh Hyatt

March 30, 2019

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