DWTS viewer blasts TV with shotgun

DWTS viewer blasts TV with shotgun

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Bristol Palin’s place on Dancing With The Stars frustrated one American TV viewer so much that he blasted his television with a shotgun.

Steven Cowan, 67, from Vermont, Wisconsin, then pointed the gun at his wife, who escaped and called police.

His wife, Janice Cowan, said he became upset that a political figure’s daughter was dancing on TV even though he felt she didn’t have talent.

A Swat surrounded the couple’s farmhouse, and officers were able to talk Cowan out after an all-night stand-off. He was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, and could get up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Mrs Cowan told police her husband – who suffers from bipolar disorder – came home around 6.30pm on Monday after drinking at a bar. She said her husband drank a bottle of beer during dinner and they settled down to watch Dancing With The Stars.

When Bristol Palin, the 20-year-old daughter of former vice presidential candidate-turned-Republican celebrity Sarah Palin, began her routine, Cowan jumped up and began swearing.

Her husband left the living room and reappeared 20 minutes later with his shotgun, “raging” with his face bright red, and blasted the TV. “He scared the bejebees out of me,” she told police.

She said her husband pointed the gun at her and told her to go get his pistols. She said he threatened to kill himself if she returned with anyone else.

The internet has been full of speculation on how Bristol, who has consistently landed at the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard, has been able to remain on the TV show.

Some have suggested that voters – particularly supporters of her mother – have been voting in blocs and manipulating the system. Both Palins have denied any organised vote-getting tactics.

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