Country singer killed in gunfight with bounty hunter

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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.

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.

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