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Authorities: Wisconsin man shoots TV over Palin dance

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Posted: Nov 17, 2010 1:24 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Wisconsin, Bristol Palin, Dancing with the Stars, television, shotgun, standoff, SWAT team, Steven Cowan, TV, reckless endangerment, bipolar disorder, Sarah Palin, WBRZ

MADISON, Wis. - 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 charged second-degree reckless endangerment and receive 10 years in prison if convicted.

Authorities say he has bipolar disorder.

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