Country Music Star Killed by Bounty Hunter

Randy Howard, 65, was mortally wounded in the shootout at his home according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). Howard was a member of the ‘Outlaw’ country movement that rejected Nashville’s polished music in favour of a more raw sound. He had shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr and has written songs for Hank Williams III. This was Howard’s fourth offence of driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm while intoxicated and driving on a revoked licence, said TBI spokesman Josh DeVine. Howard refused to attend his court date and reportedly told a friend that ‘he wasn’t going back to jail’ On Tuesday night, bounty hunter Jackie Shell arrived at his home to take him into custody and Howard opened fire. When Mr Shell fired back, Howard was killed. Mr Shell is believed to have been injured during the fight and has undergone surgery. Howard made seven records, including All American Redneck in 1983 and the self-titled Randy Howard in 1988.

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