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Country Singer Randy Howard Dead After Gunfight With Bounty Hunter: Report

Randy Howard
Country singer Randy Howard was killed in a gunfight with a bounty hunter in Tennessee, multiple outlets reported on June 11

Randy Howard, a semi-famous country singer, is dead after an apparent gunfight with a bounty hunter in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Associated Press reported on Thursday, June 11. He was 65.

Citing other media outlets, the AP noted that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) is looking into the shooting, which took place on Tuesday, June 9, at Howard's home.

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According to WSMV, a local NBC affiliate in Nashville, Howard was wanted on charges of "fourth offense DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a gun while intoxicated, and driving on a revoked license." WSMV says he missed his scheduled court appearance, which is why the bounty hunter showed up looking for him.

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The TBI, meanwhile, told ABC affiliate WTVC News Channel 9 that Howard fired the first shot, and that the bounty hunter — who was reportedly working for A Plus Bail Bonding — was also injured in the standoff. 

"He said he wasn't going back to jail," one of Howard's neighbors shared with WSMV of the musician. "That's what he told me."

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According to the AP, Howard performed with such big-name artists as Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. He also released an album of his own, All-American Redneck, in 1983.

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