The man who killed TV host Greg Rodriguez in an apparent jealous rage first shot the TV host, beat his wife, took his two-year-old son to a relative’s house, and then committed suicide in his home about 25 miles away in West Glacier in Montana. The Seattle Times reported on March 8, 2013, that “A northwestern Montana man shot and killed the host of the Sportsman Channel show ‘A Rifleman's Journal’ in an apparent jealous rage while the TV personality was visiting the shooter's wife, police said Friday.”
According to Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial, the man who killed TV host Greg Rodriguez is 41-year-old Wayne Bengston who worked for the U.S. Forest Service. "It's pretty much an open-and-closed case. Homicide and suicide," Whitefish Police Chief Dial said.
The killed TV host is 43-year-old Gregory G. Rodriguez from Sugar Land, Texas. In addition to being a TV host, Gregory Rodriguez was also an editor at Shooting Times Magazine and a contributing editor at Petersen's Hunting, Guns & Ammo and Dangerous Game. He was the founder and CEO of Global Adventure Outfitters and had hunted in 21 different countries. He has a wife and two children.
Wayne Bengston’s wife who was beaten by her husband told the police that the TV host was in town on business and that he was visiting her at the mother’s house in Whitefish when her husband showed up on Thursday around 10:30 p.m.
Wayne Bengston’s wife had met the TV host previously at a firearms trade show and when both were sitting at the kitchen table discussing their common interest in firearms, her husband came into the house and shot the TV host.
“He then beat his wife on the face and head, most likely with the pistol, he said. She was treated at a hospital and released.”
After the beating, Wayne Bengston took the couple’s two-year-old, who had been asleep downstairs when the shooting occurred, and fled the scene. Police officers do not believe that the child witnessed the shooting or the beating and the child was found unharmed with one of Wayne Bengston’s relatives.
After leaving the two-year-old with relatives, Bengston returned in his truck to his home in West Glacier. By the time police officers and a SWAT team arrived at Wayne Bengston’s house, it was too late. Wayne Bengston was found with “what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.”