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SWAT Standoff After Wis. Man Shoots TV Over Palin Dance


"[He] felt [Bristol] Palin was not a good dancer..."

MADISON, Wis. (The Blaze/AP) — 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.

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

The Smoking Gun has some more details:

According to a criminal complaint, Cowan’s wife called police Monday evening to report that her husband had blasted the TV and was threatening to kill himself. Cowan, who had been drinking, became angry while watching Palin, 20, perform on the ABC program.

As Palin ... was dancing, Cowan “jumped up and swore, saying something to the effect of, ‘The [f***ing] politics.’ Steven was upset that a political figure’s daughter was dancing on this particular show when Steven did not think that she was a good dancer,” the complaint notes.

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