According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, country singer Randy Howard was shot and killed by a bounty hunter Tuesday evening.
According to the EW, Howard “fired a weapon at the bounty hunter,” who then shot and killed Howard. The bounty hunter, who was injured in the confrontation, was attempting to detain Howard for fourth-offense DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, and driving on a revoked license.
Taste Of Country adds:
He had failed to appear at a recent hearing, which resulted in a bench warrant. When a bounty hunter working for A-Plus Bail Bonding out of Dunlap, Tenn. showed up at Howard’s home in Lynchburg Tuesday night, the singer opened fire, according to investigators. The bounty hunter returned fire, killing the singer at the scene. The bounty hunter, who has not been named, was also hit, but is expected to make a full recovery
The Associated Press reports that Howard performed with Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings during his career, and his 1983 album All-American Redneck peaked at No. 31 on the Top Country Albums chart.
The singer’s death has raised new questions about the rights of bounty hunters. While many states require bondsmen to be licensed, Tennessee doesn’t. In this instance the bounty hunter had a warrant, and he claims to have fired in self-defense, but the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tells WSMV that Howard was in his own home, where he had the legal right to defend himself. The TBI is now investigating his death.