Posted: Mar 8, 2013 1:06 PM by Dennis Bragg - MTN News
Updated: Mar 8, 2013 1:06 PM
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.
Gregory Rodriguez, 43, 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, according to police in Whitefish.
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 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.