Country singer and musician Randy Howard was killed in a shooting at his home on June 9.
The Times Free Press reported that bounty hunter Jackie Shell was attempting to serve Howard with a warrant when he was allegedly greeted with gunfire. The bounty hunter claims he returned fire on Howard in self-defense, which resulted in his death.
According to WSMV, Howard was facing charges in Marion County, Tenn. for his fourth DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a gun while intoxicated and driving on a revoked license.
“One morning I went over there to take him to court and he wasn’t ready,” Terry Dotson, a close friend of Howard, told WSMV. “He said, ‘Well, I’ll call them in a couple hours.’ And that’s when I got mad at him. I said, ‘Look, we’re supposed to be there at 9 o’clock.'”
Howard never made that trip to court, which is what brought Shell to Howard’s home a few days later. Although the warrant gave Shell the right to enter Howard’s home, Tennessee law states that Howard still had the right to defend himself on his own property.
Shell suffered serious injuries during the shootout but is expected to fully recover. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is still in the process of investigating the incident.