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Upset by Bristol's 'Dancing' luck, man shoots TV

Nov. 17, 2010 at 11:13 AM ET

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Steven Cowan, 67, blasted his television set with a shotgun after watching Bristol Palin's "Dancing with the Stars" routine Monday night.

Viewers shocked and frustrated by Bristol Palin's inexplicable dance floor success (and there are plenty of you out there) have nothing on one disgruntled “Dancing With the Stars” fan.

Steven N. Cowan of Town of Vermont, Wis., was seemingly unable to confine his ballroom rage to the usual online comment or water cooler rant and instead, chose to shoot his television for daring to air the offending footage of Palin at all.

According to documents posted to The Smoking Gun, Cowan’s gun-toting drama began during Monday night’s semifinals performance show. Yes, that means the man is said to have shot the set before Palin went on to beat out Brandy for a spot in the finals. Good thing he was in police custody by then.

“(Cowan’s wife) Janice reported that she was on the couch in the living room, watching television,” a criminal complaint read. “The ‘Dancing With the Stars’ show came on a 7:00 p.m. Janice estimated that at approximately 7:30 p.m., Sarah Palin’s daughter was dancing. Steven 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 she was a good dancer.”

Cowan is hardly alone in that sentiment, but the following actions set him apart from the crowd. After disappearing upstairs for some time, he returned with a single-shot shotgun and allegedly fired a round into the TV screen.

Cowan’s wife told police, “He scared the Bejebees out of me.”

No doubt.

The man, said to suffer from a mental health condition, went on to threaten to kill himself and now faces disorderly conduct and weapons charges after a standoff with police.

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