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UPDATE: Man upset over Bristol's performance on Dancing with the Stars, shoots TV

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The man who prosecutors say shot his TV after he was upset over Palin's dancing on the popular ABC show, "Dancing with the Stars," made his initial appearance this afternoon in Dane County court.

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MADISON (AP) -- Prosecutors say a Dane County man blasted his TV with a shotgun after watching Bristol Palin's "Dancing with the Stars" routine, sparking an all-night standoff with a SWAT team.

According to court documents, Steven Cowan of the town of Vermont in Dane County became enraged while watching Palin dance on Monday evening. He felt Palin was not a good dancer.

He went to his bedroom and returned to the living room with a shotgun and blasted the TV, then pointed the gun at his wife, who managed to escape and call police. Tactical officers surrounded the house and finally managed to talk Cowan out Tuesday morning.

He has been charged second-degree reckless endangerment, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

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TOWN OF VERMONT (WKOW) -- A man who had a standoff with authorities for about 14 hours has been taken into custody by the Dane County Sheriff's Department.

No word yet on possible charges he faces.


TOWN OF VERMONT (WKOW) -- For more than twelve hours, authorities have been in a standoff with an armed man in rural Dane County.

A spokesperson for the Dane County Sheriff's Department says at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Monday, deputies were called to 4616 CTH JJ in the town of Vermont for an armed suicidal subject.  

Authorities say a female resident of the home reported her husband was intoxicated, armed, and threatening to commit suicide. The woman had fled from the home after her husband fired a shotgun at a television inside the house. The Sheriff's Office Tactical Response Team and Hostage Negotiation Team responded to the scene and a parameter was established around the property. Negotiators were able to communicate with the man who reportedly suffers from psychiatric issues, but he refused to come out of the house.  Deputies remained on the scene throughout the night to monitor his safety and to work on a peaceful resolution to the situation.

The female resident was not injured in the altercation and she is currently in a safe location.

As of this morning, the man remains in the home and has been in contact with negotiators and his doctors, but still refuses to come out. 

Stay with WKOW.com for more on this developing story.


DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- Close to 15 squad cars are gathered near one home in west Dane County.

They're near the intersection on Highway 78 and County Highway JJ.

A 27 News' videographer is on the scene right now. He tells us, in addition to the squad cars, a tactical response truck is also on the scene, as well as what appears to be a mobile command unit.

Highway JJ west is currently blocked off.

Stay with WKOW.com for updates and watch 27 News starting at 5 p.m.

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