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Dancing With The Stars: Man Shoots Television Over Bristol Palin’s Performance

November 18, 2010 08:00 AM by Lisa Princ

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Sure, everyone has their favorite celebrity on Dancing With The Stars on ABC, but have you ever thought of shooting your television when someone you did not like was performing? A man in Wisconsin did on Monday as he became so enraged during Bristol Palin’s performance that he literally pulled out his shotgun and shot his television! Keep reading for more details!


During Monday evening’s performance show of Dancing With The Stars when Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol was performing her routine, Steven Cowan, a Wisconsin viewer apparently became enraged, jumped up and started swearing saying something like “The [expletive] politics.” according to his wife, who also says he was angry that he thought Bristol did not deserve to be on the show as she has no talent. In a statement to police his wife claims her husband left the living room and reappeared 20 minutes later with his shotgun, “raging” with his face bright red, and blasted the TV. She said he then pointed the gun at her and told her to go fetch his pistols, and threatened to kill himself if she brought anyone back.

According to investigators, after Cowan shot his television, it led to an all night stand off with SWAT teams. Steven Cowan, 67 years old, was arrested Tuesday morning after officers coaxed him out of his house in Vermont, a farming community near Madison. He is accused of threatening his wife with the gun after destroying the television, appeared in a Madison courtroom Wednesday on a charge of second-degree reckless endangerment. His bail was set at $1,500. Wow, talk about getting a little too involved with your television reality shows – this man needs to be banned from further reality television viewing!

Be sure to tune in next Monday at 8 pm EST for the season eleven finale of Dancing With The Stars on ABC as the celebrities and pros take the stage for the last time with a freestyle dance in the hunt for the mirror ball trophy!

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