Country singer Randy Howard killed in shootout with bounty hunter

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Country Singer Randy Howard Killed By Bounty Hunter

Country singer Randy Howard was killed Tuesday in a gunfight with a bounty hunter who was trying to detain him, according to authorities.

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The 65-year-old singer, who performed alongside Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings and cracked the country singles chart in 1988 with his take on Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire," was reportedly at his home in Lynchburg, Tenn. on Tuesday night when a bounty hunter arrived and attempted to detain Howard for missing a court appearance.

The two men opened fire and Howard was killed.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine told Billboard that the bounty hunter was trying to take Howard into custody 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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RIP Randy Howard

Posted by Hank 3 on Thursday, June 11, 2015
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