February 22nd, 2009
07:44 AM ET

Man shoots TV over converter confusion

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John Eggerton
Broadcasting & Cable

OK, so the DTV transition hasn't been perfect.

While the early analog-cutoff of 421 TV stations on Feb. 17 has gone relative smoothly according to most reports, that was not the case of at least one Missouri man, according to KARE-TV Minneapolis-ST. Paul.

The station reports that a 70-year-old Joplin man was arrested and charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm after shooting his TV set. Responding to a report of shots being fired, the station reported, the police found the man angry that he had both lost his cable and had been unable to get his new DTV converter box to work.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    I can't stop laughing.....he shot his tv...I can picture it now. Sometimes you just have to laugh – at least this was a good story to laugh over.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  2. Mike Deist

    Why do you think there are people in America that are so concerned about their right to bear arms? How else could one solve a problem of a technological change that is not understood?

    February 23, 2009 at 9:05 am |
  3. When Giants Meet

    You've got to be kidding me...
    It is amazing how parts of the US aren't as knowledgeable for things this easy. There have been commercials and brochures sent out by cable companies.

    February 23, 2009 at 9:03 am |
  4. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Looks like this gentleman dealt with this problem in an old fashion way.

    February 23, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  5. Michael C. McHugh

    I'm sure everyone has thought of shooting a TV at some point in their lives. I know I have, even though I haven't fired a weapon since I was in the army. Come to think of it, I haven't owned one since I lived in Indiana many years ago, which is kind of a Confederate state that got moved up to the North somehow..

    February 23, 2009 at 8:01 am |
  6. Jim,California

    Hey Its His T.V. If He wants to shoot it Let Him. Better the T.V. than a person.

    February 23, 2009 at 12:36 am |
  7. Luis

    Why is this national News? I don't get it.

    This is not even news to begin with.

    February 23, 2009 at 12:02 am |
  8. Shonnie Holmes, Davenport Iowa

    Know how he feels. The whole thing is a big mistake.

    February 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  9. Eli

    Maybe he's a Cheney? har har har.

    February 22, 2009 at 7:25 pm |
  10. bob

    Thats actually really funny.

    February 22, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  11. nivcharayahel

    Joplin, MO doesn't have a tv station that ya'll could cite for news from Joplin? And they say research is dead!

    February 22, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  12. William of Iowa

    There wasn't anything good on anyway. Where's Larry the Cable Guy when you need him?

    February 22, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  13. Art

    I'ed say he's a little angry, but hey, I would be too! Anyone around to help him?

    February 22, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  14. m1ch43l


    February 22, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  15. David Welts

    I don't think we have seen the last of something like this. It has only been 4 days, and we have had an incident like this? The government ran out of coupons, many people were very confused over the transition, and stations have swithched even though the country by and large wasn't supposedly ready. Guess we have to wait and see. I am certainly glad I live in the city and have Comcast.

    February 22, 2009 at 8:51 am |