Sportsman Channel Personality Killed in Murder-Suicide
The host of a Sportsman Channel show has been shot and killed in Montana by the husband of a woman whom he was visiting, say police.
After the victim, A Rifleman's Journal host Gregory G. Rodriguez, was killed, alleged shooter Wayne Bengston beat his wife, fled with their two-year-old son to a relative's house 25 miles away and killed himself, the Associated Press reports.
Local police called it an “open-and-closed case.”
According to Bengston’s wife, the TV personality had been in Montana on business and had been visiting her at her mother’s home. Her husband arrived at around 10:30 p.m. Thursday and discovered them drinking wine together. That led to the bloody confrontation, which culminated with Bengston beating his wife on the head.
"I think it was a jealous husband, but this is all conjecture," Whitefish police chief Bill Dial said.
A Rifleman’s Journey follows Rodriguez as he goes hunting in exotic locations. In addition to his TV work, Rodriguez was 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 Hunting. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
In a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter, the Sportsman Channel said its employees will miss Rodriguez's "dedication" and "thoughtfulness." Read the statement below.
We are deeply saddened by the news of Greg's sudden untimely death. He truly epitomized Sportsman Channel's position of being a leader in the outdoors. As an owner of his own outfitting business, Global Adventure Outfitters, and past contributor to outdoor publications like Petersen's Hunting, Guns & Ammo and Shooting Times, as well as his current show "A Rifleman's Journal," he was a well-known authority on big game hunting. He won an award from Nikon Optics in 2012 for his editorial contributions and an award from Sportsman Channel just this past January for "Best Instructional/Educational Program" at our Sportsman Choice Awards for his TV show. The entire family at Sportsman Channel and InterMedia Outdoors will miss his thoughtfulness, candor and dedication to encourage a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience for all. Our thoughts are with his family during this time.