Country Singer Randy Howard Killed in Gunfight With Bounty Hunter

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Randy Howard performing at the Capitol Theater in Macon, Georgia on Oct. 26, 2006.

Authorities say country singer Randy Howard has been killed in a gunfight with a bounty hunter trying to detain him.

Several media outlets report the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into the Tuesday night shooting of 65-year-old Howard in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Howard has performed with country music stars Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. In 1983, his album All-American Redneck hit No. 41 on the Top Country Albums chart, while the title track went to No. 84 on Hot Country Songs. He also hit that singles chart in 1988, landing at No. 66 with his take on Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire."

TBI spokesman Josh DeVine says the bounty hunter showed up at Howard's home to take him into custody for missing a court appearance. Devine said Howard opened fire, the bounty hunter shot back and Howard was killed.

DeVine said the bounty hunter was trying to detain Howard 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.

Watch him sing "God Don't Live in Nashville, Tennessee" below: