Lorena, Texas

From Austin’s KXAN.com of April 2, 2007

Attorney: Shaver shot man in self-defense

His lawyer says country singer Billy Joe Shaver shot and wounded a man in self-defense outside a Texas bar and is cooperating with police.

Attorney Joseph Turner of Austin says Shaver — who lives in Waco — left a bar in Lorena on Saturday night.

Turner says a drunk, aggressive stranger with a knife followed Shaver into the parking lot.

The lawyer says Shaver shot the man in self-defense.

Turner declined to elaborate or say whether anything occurred inside the bar.

Police in Lorena _ about 80 miles north of Austin _ have not issued an arrest warrant over the shooting outside Papa Joes Texas Saloon.

The victim was reportedly shot in the cheek, but was talking and alert afterward and was hospitalized.

Shaver rose to country music fame in the 1970s.

He wrote “Georgia on a Fast Train” and “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Someday)” and has recorded more than 20 albums.

From Tyler’s KLTV.com of April 3, 2007

Attorney: Warrant Out for Country Singer

Police have issued arrest warrants for country singer Billy Joe Shaver after he shot and wounded a man outside a Texas bar, the entertainer’s attorney said.

After Shaver left a bar in Lorena on Saturday night, a drunk, aggressive stranger with a knife followed him into the parking lot, said attorney Joseph A. Turner of Austin. Shaver shot him in self-defense, he said.

Police in Lorena — about 80 miles north of Austin — issued arrest warrants late Monday on charges of aggravated assault and possessing a firearm in a prohibited place, Turner said.

Shaver attempted to surrender to Austin police Monday night but was not arrested because the police did not have a record of the warrants, said Turner, who accompanied Shaver.

Lorena authorities could not be reached for comment early Tuesday.

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

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