TV host, Sugar Land hunter Gregory Rodriguez shot, killed in Montana

aarodSugar Land hunter and host of the Sportsman Channel show “A Rifleman’s Journal,” Gregory Rodriguez, 43, was shot and killed by 41-year-old Wayne Bengston in northwest Montana, according to Whitefish police.

According to initial reports from multiple news outlets and the AP, Rodriguez was visiting Bengston’s wife at her mother’s house.

After killing Rodriguez, Bengston then beat his wife, took his 2-year-old son to a relative’s house and drove to his home about 25 miles away in West Glacier, where he apparently killed himself, Whitefish police said.

According to Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial, Rodriguez had met the woman at a trade show, where she worked for a firearms manufacturer. Dial said he did not believe the relationship was romantic, according to recent news reports.

Besides appearing on TV, Rodriguez was the founder and CEO of Global Adventure Outfitters. According to the outfitter’s website, he was an editor at Shooting Times Magazine and a contributing editor at Petersen’s Hunting, Guns & Ammo and Dangerous Game.

He was a mortgage banker before founding Global Adventure Outfitters, and he has hunted in 21 countries, according to the website.

Rodriguez was a past president and current board member of Houston Safari Club.

W. Gene Human, HSC’s current president, expressed the organization’s sadness.

Greg was one of our board members and a friend to all of us,” Human said. “He’ll be sorely missed and we wish nothing but the best for Lisa (his wife) and the kids.”

Rodriguez is survived by his wife and two children.