Sportsman Channel TV Host Shot Dead

Police say a Montana man shot and killed Sportsman Channel TV host Gregory Rodriguez and then himself. (Image source: The Sportsman Channel)

A Sportsman Channel TV host was shot and killed in Montana Thursday by the husband of a woman he was visiting, according to the Associated Press.

Police said 41-year-old Montana man Wayne Bengston shot host Gregory G. Rodriguez in an apparent jealous rage, beat his wife, took his 2-year-old son to a relative and then committed suicide.

Rodriguez, a 43-year-old Texas resident, was the host of the Sportsman Channel show “A Rifleman’s Journal,” in which he traveled the world in pursuit of big game.

According to the AP, Bengston’s wife told police Rodriguez was in town on business and visited her at her mother’s home. Wayne Bengston showed up around 10:30 p.m. and shot Rodriguez as the pair sat at the kitchen table. Bengston then proceeded to beat his wife on the face and head, likely with his pistol. She was treated and released from the hospital.

After the shooting, police located Bengston’s truck parked in his driveway and later found his body in the home with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

“It’s pretty much an open-and-closed case. Homicide and suicide,” Whitefish, Mont. police Chief Bill Dial said.

Police don’t believe the relationship between Rodriguez and the woman was romantic, according to the AP. She works for a firearms manufacturer and the two met at a trade show.

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

Rodriguez had a wife and two children.