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Montana Man Kills Sportsman Channel Host Then Himself

A Riflemans Journal
The Sports Channel

[4:29AM March 10th, 2013] The Sportsman Channel says it’s deeply saddened by the death of one of its TV hosts who traveled the world in search of big game and shared his adventures on his program “A Rifleman’s Journal.”

The company in a statement on its Facebook page says it will miss 43-year-old Gregory G. Rodriguez’s “thoughtfulness, candor and dedication to encourage a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience for all.”

Police say Rodriguez of Sugar Land, Texas, died Thursday in northwestern Montana when he was shot by another man in an apparent jealous rage while the TV personality visited the shooter’s wife.

An outpouring on social media has followed the death of Rodriguez, who combined his comfort in front of the camera with hunting and shooting expertise into a popular program.

[3:02PM March 8th, 2013] Police in northwestern Montana say a man shot and killed the host of the Sportsman Channel show “A Rifleman’s Journal” while the TV personality was visiting the shooter’s wife.

Whitefish police say 41-year-old Wayne Bengston then beat his wife, took his 2-year-old son to a relative’s house, and drove to his home in West Glacier where he apparently killed himself.

Police identified the shooting victim as 43-year-old Gregory G. Rodriguez of Sugar Land, Texas. Besides appearing on TV, he’s the CEO of Global Adventure Outfitters.

Bengston’s wife told police that Rodriguez was in town on business and visiting her at her mother’s house when her husband showed up Thursday night.

It wasn’t clear how Rodriguez and the woman were acquainted. Police plan to hold a news conference Friday afternoon.

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