The host of 'A Rifleman's Journal' on Sportsman Channel, Gregory G. Rodriguez, has been gunned down and killed in a tragic murder-suicide in Montana.
In what local authorities are calling "an open-and-close case," Rodriguez was shot and killed by the husband of a woman Rodriguez was visiting. After slaying Rodriguez, Wayne Bengston beat his wife, fled with their two-year-old son to a relative's house, and committed suicide shortly thereafter.
According to Bengston's wife, Rodriguez was brought to Montana on business and had been visiting with her at her mother's home. Wayne Bengston arrived at his wife's mother's home at 10:30pm on Thursday to discover Rodriguez and his wife drinking wine together. Bengston flew in to a rage and incited the bloody altercation which concluded with Bengston beating his wife on the head before leaving the scene.
Bill Dial, Chief of Police in Whitefish, Montana, went on record with the Associated Press stating "I think it was a jealous husband, but this is all conjecture."
Rodriguez' program on Sportsman Channel, 'A Rifleman's Journey,' featured Rodriguez hunting wild game in various exotic locations. Rodriguez was also the founder and CEO of Global Adventure Outfitters and an editor at "Shooting Times" magazine. He is survived by a wife and two children.
Sportsman Channel was launched in 2003 as a dedicated channel directed towards hunting and fishing programming. Representatives from Sportsman Channel released the following statement following news of Rodriguez' death:
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.