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Man Shoots TV Over Bristol Palin ‘DWTS’ Win; SWAT Team Stand-off Ensues

MADISON, Wis. (CBS/AP) Brandy broke down in tears. Dancer Derek Hough was slackjawed. Judge Bruno Tonioli leapt to his feet and urged audience members to vote.

But the most violent reaction of all to Tuesday night’s “Dancing With the Stars” results show came from a 67-year-old Wisconsin man, so enraged over Bristol Palin’s performance that he blasted his TV 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, believed Palin was not a good dancer and was only kept on the show because of her famous mother.

The singer Brandy, a consistently high scorer who was favored to win the dancing competition on ABC, was eliminated Tuesday night, clearing the way for Palin, whose scores have been in the basement all season, to join actors Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey in next week’s finals.


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