Country music singer killed in gunfight with bounty hunter


LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say a country music singer has been killed in a gunfight with a bounty hunter trying to detain him.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine said in an email Thursday the agency is looking into Tuesday night’s shooting of 65-year-old Randy Howard. Howard’s LinkedIn site says he has shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr.

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DeVine said bounty hunter Jackie Shell showed up at Howard’s home to take him into custody for missing a court appearance. DeVine said Howard opened fire, the bounty hunter shot back and Howard was killed.

DeVine said Shell was trying to detain Howard on a warrant charging him with fourth-offense DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and driving on a revoked license.