Montana Man Kills TV Host Greg Rodriguez
Gregory Rodriguez, Wayne Bengston | Photo Credits: The Sportsman Channel, Whitefish Police Department
A Montana man shot and killed the host of the Sportsman Channel's A Rifleman's Journal while he was visiting the shooter's wife, The Associated Press reports.
According to police, Wayne Bengston shot and killed Gregory G. Rodriguez, a Texas man whose TV show follows him as he hunts in exotic locations, around 10:30 p.m. Thursday in Whitefish, Mont. Rodriguez, who was in Montana on business, was reportedly chatting over a glass of wine with Bengston's wife, who works for a firearms manufacturer and whom Rodriguez met at a trade show. Although police don't believe the Rodriguez was romantically involved with Bengston's wife, the two had become friends, Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial said.
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After Bengston shot Rodriguez in an apparent jealous rage, he beat his wife on the face and head, most likely with the pistol, police said. Bengston then proceeded to take his 2-year-old son to a relative's house before driving the 25 miles to his West Glacier home and taking his own life. Law enforcement later found his body with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. "It's pretty much an open-and-closed case. Homicide and suicide," Dial said.
Besides his work on TV, Rodriguez was also the founder and CEO of Global Adventure Outfitters, an editor at Shooting Times Magazine and a contributing editor at Petersen's Hunting, Guns & Ammo and Dangerous Game. Rodriguez is survived by a wife and two children.