Television personality Gregory Rodriguez was shot and killed by Wayne Bengston in Whitefish, Montana after apparently visiting the shooter’s wife Thursday night, reports the Daily Mail. Rodriguez was the host of The Sportsman Channel show A Rifleman’s Journal, which follows him around the world hunting for the world’s biggest game. Here what you need to know.
1. Gregory Rodriguez was Host of The Sportsman Channel show A Rifleman’s Journal
A Rifleman’s Journal follows Gregory Rodriguez as he travels around the world in pursuit of the world’s most coveted big game species. As an outfitter and marksmanship instructor, Rodriguez “focuses on the challenge and adventure of the hunt.”
2. He was Murdered by Wayne Bengston
The television host was shot and killed by 41-year-old Wayne Bengston on around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday.
3. Rodriguez was Visiting Bengston’s Wife
Rodriguez, who is from Sugar Land, Texas, was visiting a female friend, Bengston’s wife, while in town on business at the woman’s mother’s home in Whitefish.
4. The Shooter Also Brutally Beat His Wife
Bengston reportedly shot Rodriguez dead and then brutally beat his wife before taking their two-year-old son who was sleeping at the time to a relatives house. He then finally went to his home in West Glacier.
5. Bengston Killed Himself After
Officials went to the West Glacier home and found Bengston’s truck in the driveway, but could not make contact with the shooter. When a SWAT team entered the home they found Bengston dead from a self-inflicted shot to the head.
6. It’s Not Clear How Rodriguez and the Shooter’s Wife were Acquainted
Further details of how Rodriguez and the Bengston’s wife were acquainted have yet to be determined.
“I think it was a jealous husband, but this is all conjecture,” Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial said.
7. He Repeatedly Defended the Second Amendment
Rodgiguez was a strong advocate of the Second Amendment, who would post pictures on The Rifleman’s Journal Facebook page, countering stronger gun control.
8. He was Also a Magazine Editor
The Rifleman led a very successful career. He started off as a mortgage banker, but when he traveled to Africa for the first time, he fell in love with the country and started his own business called Global Adventure Outfitters. The company is a booking agency that aids people when trekking across the world for hunting. He was also the Shooting Editor at Shooting Times Magazine and contributing editor at Petersen’s Hunting, Guns & Ammo and Dangerous Game.
9. He Hunted in 21 Countries
Rodriguez trophy hunted in 21 countries, including exotic locations in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and the South Pacific.
10. The TV Host Leaves Behind a Wife and Two Children
Rodriguez was married and leaves behind two children, including a 13-year-old son who was often featured hunting with him on his show’s Facebook page.