Bristol Palin’s dancing was catalyst for 15-hour standoff

A 67-year-old Vermont man became so frustrated with Bristol Palin’s success on Dancing with the Stars that he shot the TV.

Before shooting the TV, Steven Cowan is said to have demanded that his wife produce his pistols – fortunately for all concerned, they had previously been hidden by his worried daughter. Unfortunately for all concerned, there was a shotgun that she had forgotten about… hence the blasted idiot box.

What happened next is predictable enough: the unconventional manner in which Cowan chose to display his disappointment freaked out his wife. She fled the house and called the cops. Hostage negotiators and a dog team were called in to end the standoff and he was eventually convinced to leave his home 15 hours later. Cowan was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor. [UPI]

VERMONT, Wis., Nov. 17 (UPI) — Wisconsin police say a 15-hour standoff with an armed man at his home began with the man’s frustration with Bristol Palin’s success on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Investigators said Steven Cowan, 67, whose wife said has been taking medication for bipolar disorder, was watching the TV show Monday night with his wife at their Vermont home when he became agitated during the dance number by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s daughter, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday.

Police said Cowan demanded his pistols, then found a shotgun and some rounds when his wife did not produce the pistols, which had been hidden by his daughter due to safety concerns. Cowan’s wife fled the home after he shot the TV.

Police said hostage negotiators and a dog team were called in during the standoff. Cowan was eventually coaxed out of the home Tuesday.

Cowan was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment.

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C.S. Magor is the editor-in-chief and a reporter at large for We Interrupt and Uberreview. He currently resides in the Japanese countryside approximately two hours from Tokyo - where he has spent the better part of a decade testing his hypothesis that Japan is neither as quirky nor as interesting as others would have you believe.
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