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Country Singer Randy Howard, 65, Shot & Killed By Bounty Hunter

Fri, June 12, 2015 7:46am EDT by Avery Thompson 4 Comments
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So shocking. Country singer Randy Howard, who performed alongside Willie Nelson and more, was killed in a shootout with a bounty hunter inside his Tennessee home, police say. Randy was 65 years old.

Randy Howard, 65, was shockingly shot and killed during a gunfight with a bounty hunter at his home in Lynchburg, Tenn. on June 9. Police are saying the bounty hunter was trying to detain Randy after the singer skipped a court appearance. Gunfire ensued between Randy and the bounty hunter, upon which Randy was fatally struck.


Randy had failed to appear in court for a fourth alleged DUI offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and driving on a revoked license, and the bounty hunter was attempting to take the singer into custody, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine told NBC News.

The bounty hunter, Jackie Shell, showed up at Randy’s home in Lynchburg on June 9. Randy opened fired on Jackie first. When Jackie shot back, Randy was killed. Jackie, who was working for a firm titled “A Plus Bail Bonding,” was also injured during shootout.

Randy’s friend, Terry Dotson, told Nashville’s WSMV that he tried to take the singer to his court appearance, but Randy refused to go. “He said he wasn’t going back to jail. That’s what he told me,” Terry said.

Tennessee bounty hunters are allowed to arrest a bail jumper “at any place in this state,” according to the state’s attorney general’s office. This includes the bail jumper’s residence. “Tennessee courts would likely conclude that a bounty hunter may, if necessary, use reasonable force to enter the bail jumper’s residence,” the office says.

Randy was a part of the “Outlaw Country” movement that included Willie Nelson, 82, and Waylon Jennings, Taste of Country reports. Randy released his debut album, Now and Then, in 1976. He recorded his biggest hit, “All American Redneck,” in 1983. He also released a self-titled album in 1988. Throughout his career, Randy performed with Charlie Daniels, 78, Hank Williams, Jr., 66, and more. A video of Randy’s 2006 performance of “God Don’t Live In Nashville, Tennessee” can be seen below.

— Avery Thompson