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Mar 8, 2013 2:30 PM by Dennis Bragg

Whitefish police investigating murder of TV host

WHITEFISH - Police in Whitefish say that Gregory Rodriguez of Texas was shot and killed as he was visiting a Whitefish woman during a business trip to northwest Montana late Thursday night.

The case is still being investigated, but police know that Rodriguez, known as a television personality on an outdoors TV program, was visiting a woman who was staying at her mother's house at River Lakes Parkway in Whitefish.

Police say that at around 10:30 p.m. the woman's husband, Wayne Bengston, came to the house and then shot Rodriguez and brutally beat his wife.

Police say Bengston then drove 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, and 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 on Friday afternoon.

Rodriguez was the host of "A Rifleman's Journal, and the the founder and CEO of Global Adventure Outfitters. A woman contacted at the company on Friday had "no comment" to clarify what Rodriguez had been working on here in Montana.

A Rifleman's Journal 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.

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