Man Blasts TV Over Bristol Palin "Dancing" Routine

By AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff
|  Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010  |  Updated 7:45 PM PDT
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Man Shoots TV Over Bristol Palin "Dancing" Routine

This photo provided Wednesday Nov. 17, 2010, by the Dane County Sheriff's Department shows Steven Cowan, 67, of Vermont, Wis. Cowan blasted his television set with a shotgun after watching Bristol Palin's "Dancing with the Stars" routine Monday night, saying he was fed up with politics and Palin wasn't a very good dancer, according to court documents. Authorities said Cowan then pointed the gun at his wife who escaped and called police. A SWAT team surrounded the couple's Vermont farmhouse and officers were able to talk Cowan out Tuesday after an all-night standoff.

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Authorities say a 67-year-old rural Wisconsin man enraged over Bristol Palin's "Dancing with the Stars" routine blasted his television with a shotgun, leading to an overnight standoff with a SWAT team.

A Dane County Sheriff's detective says in court documents that Steven Cowan, of the town of Vermont, felt Palin was not a good dancer and was only on the show because of her famous mother.

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They say Cowan loaded his shotgun and blasted the TV before turning the gun on his wife, who escaped. Tactical officers surrounded the home and managed to talk Cowan out Tuesday morning.

Cowan was charged second-degree reckless endangerment and receive 10 years in prison if convicted. Authorities say he has bipolar disorder.

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