Constable Oda Hyatt

Constable Oda Hyatt

San Saba County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, Texas

End of Watch Monday, June 7, 1965

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Oda Hyatt

Constable Hyatt was shot and killed after stopping a stolen truck. The driver of the truck was also wanted in connection with the theft of guns and ammunition from a Goldthwaite hardware store. The driver shot Constable Hyatt with a rifle twice, mortally wounding him. The man then stole Constable Hyatt's pistol, wallet, and keys before fleeing. Constable Hyatt was transported to a local hospital where he died the following day. Before dying, he was able to give the sheriff a description of the suspect and the truck.

The 19-year-old suspect was arrested the next day as he stepped off a bus in Dallas. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. The suspect was denied parole on March 29, 2018, and has another parole hearing in February of 2023.

Constable Hyatt was survived by his wife, two sons, three step-children, five brothers, and one sister.


  • Age 57
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, June 6, 1965
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Odie (Oda),
It's been many years since I last talked to you there in your auto repair shop in San Saba. I was just a teenager. Your son Darl and I made a close friendship when I would come to San Saba to spend time with my grandmother and great-grandmother. It really hit me hard when I heard of you losing your life the way you did. I am trying to contact Darl after these 60 years. It won't be too long before we see each other again when we meet the Lord Jesus Christ. Look forward to seeing you again.
Rev. Dr. G. R. Diehl

Rev. Dr. G. R. Diehl
Family friend

August 25, 2021

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