Oh, the irony.
The host of the Sportsman Channel show, A Rifleman’s Journal, is dead after a northwestern Montana man shot him in a jealous rage while the host was visiting the man’s wife on Thursday night.
41-year-old Wayne Bengston didn’t stop there, though. He then beat his wife, took his 2-year-old son to a relative’s house and killed himself in his own home about 25 miles away, according to Police Chief Bill Dial.
‘It’s pretty much an open-and-closed case,” Dial said to the Washington Post. “Homicide and suicide.”
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The shooting victim was identified as 43-year-old Gregory G. Rodriguez from Sugar Land, Texas. Bengston’s wife, who works for a firearms manufacturer in the Flathead Valley, told police that Rodriguez was in town on a business trip. The two allegedly met at a trade show and developed a casual friendship.
Bengston’s jealous rage ensued when he found his wife and Rodriguez at her mother’s house around 10:30 Thursday evening. The two were sitting at the kitchen table talking over a glass of wine when Bengston entered and shot Rodriguez, before hitting his wife on the head with his pistol. She was treated at the hospital and released shortly after.
Bengston was found in his house that same evening with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Police do not believe Rodriguez and Bengston’s wife had a romantic relationship.
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“I think it was a jealous husband, but this is all conjecture,” Dial said.
Rodriguez was a mortgage banker before founding Global Adventure Outfitters, for which he served as the CEO before his death. He was also an editor at Shooting Times Magazine and a contributing editor at Petersen’s Hunting, Guns & Ammo and Dangerous Game.