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TV host of 'Rifleman's Journal' shot, killed

Gregory G. Rodriguez, host of The Sportsman Channel's 'A Rifleman's Journal,' in an undated photo from his Facebook account. Rodriguez was shot and killed by another man in Whitefish, Mo., on Thursday, March 7, 2013. (Facebook.com)

March 9, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
The host of a TV gun show was shot and killed Thursday by another man in an apparent jealous rage in Montana.

Police said 43-year-old Gregory G. Rodriguez, host of The Sportsman Channel's "A Rifleman's Journal," died in the northwestern town of Whitefish when he was shot while visiting the shooter's wife.

Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial said that 41-year-old Wayne Bengston shot Rodriguez at about 10:30 p.m. at the home of his wife's mother. Dial said 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 killed himself. Dial said Bengston's wife was treated at a hospital and released that night.

Dial said they believe Rodriguez and Bengston's wife did not have a romantic relationship. He said Rodriguez and the woman, who works for a firearms manufacturer, met at a trade show and struck up a casual relationship.

Rodriguez traveled the world in search of big game and shared his adventures on his program. He is survived by his wife, Lisa, and two children. In a statement issued Saturday, the family said he was in Montana on a business trip.

The Sportsman Channel says it's deeply saddened by the shooting death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.