Greg Rodriguez, host of 'A Rifleman's Journal' on Sportsman Channel, shot to death

Shooter then killed himself, police say

HELENA, Mont. - A man shot and killed Greg Rodriguez, host of the Sportsman Channel show "A Rifleman's Journal," in an apparent jealous rage while the TV personality was visiting the shooter's wife, police said Friday.

Wayne Bengston, 41, then beat his wife, took his 2-year-old son to a relative's house and drove to his home and killed himself, Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial said.

Rodriguez and the woman, who works for a local firearms manufacturer, met at a trade show and struck up a casual relationship that police do not believe was romantic, Dial said.

 Bengston's wife told police that Rodriguez was in town on business and visiting her at her mother's house in Whitefish when her husband showed up Thursday at about 10:30 p.m.

She and Rodriguez were sitting at the kitchen table, talking over a glass of wine, when Bengston entered the house and shot Rodriguez, Dial said.

"I think it was a jealous husband, but this is all conjecture," Dial said.

"A Rifleman's Journal" tracked Rodriguez's hunting travels to exotic locations, according to a Sportsman Channel description. He had a wife and two children, it says.

Rodriguez was a mortgage banker before founding Global Adventure Outfitters, and he had hunted in 21 countries, the company's website says. He was an editor at Shooting Times Magazine and a contributing editor at Petersen's Hunting, Guns & Ammo and Dangerous Game.

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