Host of TV Gun Show Is Shot to Death AP

The host of a television program focusing on guns and hunting was shot to death late last week. The Associated Press reports that Gregory G. Rodriguez, the host of the Sportsman Channel program "A Rifleman's Journal," died Thursday after being shot by a woman's husband who was in an apparent jealous rage.

Rodriguez, 43, was visiting a Montana woman he met at a trade show when her 41-year-old husband shot him at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the report. The husband, Wayne Bengston, then beat his wife and took his 2-year-old son to a relative's house, where he killed himself, the story says.

Rodriguez, also the founder and CEO of Global Adventure Outfitters, was a mortgage banker before pursuing hunting for a living.

The Sportsman Channel said it was deeply saddened by Rodriguez’s death and that it will miss his "thoughtfulness, candor and dedication to encourage a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience for all."

The report adds: “An outpouring on social media has followed the death of Rodriguez, who combined his comfort in front of the camera and travels to exotic locations with his hunting and shooting expertise into a popular program. The Sportsman Channel said that in January ‘A Rifleman's Journal’ won Best Instructional/Educational Program at the Sportsman Channel's Sportsman Choice Awards.”

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