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Officer shot and killed at Tenn. courthouse; inmate, wife sought

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Officer shot and killed at Tenn. courthouse; inmate, wife sought

Officer Down: Wayne "Cotton" Morgan - [Kingston, Tennessee]

Biographical Info

Age: 56

Additional Info: Officer Morgan was a 28-year corrections department veteran. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Officer Morgan was transporting prisoners to the Roane County Courthouse, when one of the inmate's wife pulled out a shotgun and killed him.

Date of Incident: August 9, 2005

Associated Press Writer

KINGSTON, Tennessee- A prisoner escaped Tuesday after his wife shot and killed a correctional officer accompanying the man to the courthouse, authorities said.

Authorities launched an extensive search for George and Jennifer Hyatte, Department of Correction spokeswoman Amanda Sluss said from her office in Nashville.

The officer, Wayne Morgan, was airlifted to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville where spokeswoman Lisa McNeal said he died shortly after 10 a.m.

The incident began Tuesday morning after the inmate was sent to the Roane County Courthouse from Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex, where he is serving 35 years for aggravated robbery and aggravated assault, Sluss said.

"His wife, Jennifer Hyatte, was at the Roane County Courthouse. She had a shotgun and pulled the shotgun on three transportation officers from the prison," Sluss said.

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