Billy Joe Shaver’s gun defense in Texas

Country singer Billy Joe Shaver shot and wounded a man in self-defense outside a Texas bar just north of Austin, and is said to be cooperating with police, according to his attorney in a statement to the AP.

Allegedly an inebriated and belligerent stranger armed with a knife followed him into the parking lot, said Shaver’s attorney, Joseph A. Turner of Austin.

Shaver subsequently shot him in self-defense, Turner said to the AP.

Police in Lorena have not issued an arrest warrant, yet Shaver is said to be cooperative according to Turner.

“We’re working with the police to get this resolved,” Turner told The Associated Press. “His priority is dealing with this issue.”

The details of the event were laid out by the AP, commencing at 8:30 p.m. Saturday outside Papa Joe’s Texas Saloon off Interstate 35, according to the Lorena police.

The victim was said to be moderately injured and able to speak according to the news reports.

Shaver, believed to have influnced the “outlaw” movement in country that inspired Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, is a resident of Waco, and came up as a country star in the 1970’s. 

The AP reports that Shaver, a prolific songwriter, wrote the songs “Georgia on a Fast Train” and “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal…But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Someday.”


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