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Randy Howard

A bounty hunter working to serve a Marion County, Tenn., warrant shot it out with a fugitive in Lynchburg, Tenn., on Tuesday night.

The bounty hunter was wounded and his quarry, 65-year-old Randy Howard, died, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Mary Jane Shell, mother of injured bondsman Jackie Shell, said her son was transported to Erlanger hospital for treatment and was in surgery Wednesday afternoon.

TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said the bounty hunter, who works for A Plus Bail Bonding in Dunlap, had a warrant for Howard on charges of fourth-offense DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and driving on a revoked license.

The TBI release didn't identify the bounty hunter.

DeVine said the hunter went inside Howard's home on Griffin Road in Lynchburg and was met by gunfire. He fired back and the target was killed.

The TBI is investigating the incident.

Marion County Sheriff Bo Burnett said Howard had been a guest of the county for some time but then failed to make his court date.

"He'd been in jail here for a pretty good while. He didn't show up for court so they had a failure to appear out on him. That's what the jail told me," Burnett told the Times Free Press.

Burnett said he heard that the person from the bail bond company had been injured but he said he didn't know that Howard had been killed.

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