Billy Joe Shaver Acted in Self Defense in Shooting, Attorney Says

Arrest warrants have been issued for singer-songwriter singer Billy Joe Shaver in connection with a Saturday night (March 31) shooting on the parking lot of a bar in Lorena, Texas, a suburb of Waco. Shaver’s attorney, Joseph Turner of Austin, Texas, told The Austin American-Statesman newspaper that his client acted in self defense when he shot and wounded a man in the cheek at Papa Joe’s Texas Saloon. “The other guy was the aggressor,” Turner told the newspaper. “He was intoxicated and followed Billy Joe outside the bar with a knife.” Police have not identified the victim whose injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Shaver, 67, did not know the victim, his attorney said. Police in Lorena issued arrest warrants on charges of aggravated assault and possessing a firearm in a prohibited place. Turner said he accompanied his client Monday night (April 2) when he attempted to surrender to Austin police. However, he said Shaver was not arrested because Austin authorities did not have a record of the warrants that were issued just a few hours earlier. Shaver’s best known songs include “Old Chunk of Coal,” “Honky Tonk Heroes” and “Georgia on a Fast Train.” He is scheduled to appear at 5 p.m. Tuesday at an Austin record store to promote his new Greatest Hits CD.