WHITEFISH, MT – Gregory Rodriguez, the host of Sports Channel’s “A Rifleman’s Journal”, was shot to death by a woman’s husband, who then turned the gun on himself.
According to police Rodriguez, 43, died Thursday in the town of Whitefish after being shot by 41-year-old Wayne Bengston, who apparently didn’t like the fact that the TV personality was visiting Bengston’s wife.
Rodriguez was in Montana on business and at the home of the woman’s mother when Bengston showed up and placed Rodriguez on the end of a gun he was not accustomed to. After shooting and killing Rodriguez, Bengston beat his wife before taking their 2-year-old son to a relative’s home.
Police would find Bengston’s truck parked in his driveway and would find Bengston inside his home dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police say they do not believe that Rodriguez’s relationship with the woman was a romantic one. She works for a firearms manufacturer and met Rodriguez, a married father of two children, at a trade show and formed a casual relationship.
Gregory Rodriguez was a mortgage banker until the 1990s, when he started hunting for a living after a trip to Africa. He then traveled to 21 countries on six continents in search of big game that was detailed on his program “A Rifleman’s Journal.”
“Greg was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother and friend,” his wife said in a statement. “We love him and will miss him dearly. Please respect the family in their time of mourning and allow them to grieve in peace.”
Here’s a snippet of Rodriguez’s show.Tags: A Rifelman's Journal, Crime, Gregory Rodriguez, Montana, Murder, Shooting, Suicide, Wayne Bengston