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Friday
Mar082013

Whitefish murder victim well-known TV host and writer

Rodriguez' website details his extensive hunting experience(WHITEFISH)- The man who was shot and killed during a confrontation in Whitefish was no stranger to firearms, traveling the world hosting hunting shows and writing for one of the industry's leading magazines. 

Whitefish Police say 43-year old Gregory Rodriguez of Sugar Land, Texas was shot and killed as he was visiting a Whitefish woman during a business trip to Northwest Montana late last night. The investigation is continuing, but authorities say the woman's husband, Wayne C. Bengston, stormed into the house late Thursday night, shooting Rodriguez and attacking his wife. Police say Bengston then shot himself at his home in West Glacier. 

Investigators have said Rodriguez was in Northwest Montana on a business trip but there have been no further details on what he had been doing here. 

Rodriguez is the founder and CEO of Global Adventure Outfitters. A woman contacted at the company this morning had "no comment" to clarify what Rodriguez had been working on here in Montana. 

Rodriguez was the award winning host of Rifleman's Journal, a show which aired nationwide on the Sportsman's Channel. In the show, Rodriguez traveled all over the world on hunts for exotic game, in addition to hunting trips in the West and around North America. The program was 2012 winner 2012 Sportsman's Choice Award for Best Educational/Instructional Show. 

In addition to his television work, Rodriguez was Shooting Editor at Shooting Times magazine, a contributing editor to Peterson's Hunting, Dangerous Game, and one of the leading publications in the firearms field, Guns & Ammo Magazine. 

The Global Adventure Outfitters website said he had been 55-safaris to Africa, averaging about 200-hunting days per year, having hunted in over 20-countries on half-a-dozen different continents and taken over 140-different species of big game. The website says he was also a marksmanship instructor. 

The website also says he lived in Sugar Land, Texas with his wife Lisa and two children, ages 14 and 12. 

Friday
Mar082013

Whitefish Police say outdoor TV host shot and killed

TV host and writer Greg Rodriguez was shot and killed late last night(WHITEFISH)- Whitefish Police say the host of an outdoor television program is dead, and the man who shot him has taken his own life.

Detectives say 43-year old Gregory Rodriguez of Sugar Land, Texas was shot and killed as he was visiting a Whitefish woman during a business trip to Northwest Montana late last night. 

The case is still being investigated, but police know that Rodriguez, known as a television personality and host of outdoor programs, was visiting a local woman at River Lakes Parkway in Whitefish. Around 10:30 p.m. police say the woman's husband, Wayne C. Bengston, came to the house and shot Rodriguez and brutally beat his wife. 

Police say Bengston then took off with his 2-year old son who had been sleeping in the house and drove away. He left the boy unharmed with a relative and then drove to his house in West Glacier.

That's where Flathead County deputies and a SWAT team found his truck. Authorities say they attempted to contact Bengston with no success. When they entered his house they found Bengston dead of a gunshot wound to the head. 

Investigators are still trying to piece together the details of what happened and will be briefing the press this afternoon.