AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Country singer Billy Joe Shaver shot and
wounded a man in self-defense outside a bar, his attorney said
A drunk, aggressive stranger with a knife followed Shaver into
the parking lot of Papa Joe's Texas Saloon in Lorena on Saturday
night, said Shaver's attorney, Joseph A. Turner of Austin.
Turner would not say whether anything had occurred inside the bar.
Police in Lorena - about 80 miles north of Austin - have not
issued an arrest warrant, but Shaver will turn himself in if they
do, Turner said.
"We're working with the police to get this resolved," Turner
The victim was shot in the cheek but was talking and alert
afterward, according to police.
Shaver, who lives in Waco, wrote "Georgia on a Fast Train" and
"I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond
Someday)." He has recorded more than 20 albums.
Although he has never received wide acclaim, he is recognized as
one of the best songwriters among his contemporaries. His heartfelt
lyrics helped launched country's outlaw movement, which defined the
careers of singers like his old friend, Willie Nelson, and the late
Waylon Jennings, and returned country to its roots.