Greg G. Rodriguez, 43, a well-known Texas hunting expert that starred on The Sportman’s Channel’s “Rifleman’s Journey” show, was shot dead in what appears to be a crime of passion.
Rodriguez was killed while visiting a married woman named Lindsey Bengtson in Montana, when her husband Wayne Bengtson (mistakenly referred to as Wayne Bengston) walked in and shot him before attacking his wife and later committing suicide.
Greg G. Rodriguez, 43, of Sugar Land, Texas, was visiting Lindsey Bengtson at her mother’s home on River Lakes Parkway in Whitefish, Montana while her mother was out of town.
Wayne and Lindsey, who married in 2009, have a two-year-old son named Colter.
The Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial said, “Mr. Rodriguez was up here on business, apparently, from what we have found out, and had stopped to talk with [Bengtson’s wife] for the evening and have a glass of wine.”
Dial said Wayne Bengtson (called Wayne Bengston incorrectly in media reports), 41, showed up while Lindsey and Greg were in the kitchen drinking wine at around 10:30 p.m., cursed at them and immediately fired four shots from a .44-caliber revolver from three feet away.
The shots hit Rodriguez in the torso, arm, shoulder and right leg, killing him almost instantly.
Bengtson then assaulted his wife, hitting her with the pistol that left her with a concussion, a black eye, swollen lips, and several contusions. She was treated at North Valley Hospital and released that night.
After the assault, Bengtson took their 2-year-old son, who had been put to sleep in a downstairs bedroom at his grandmother’s home and fled the home. He dropped the child off, unharmed, at a relative’s home in Columbia Heights before driving to his own home in West Glacier that was about 20 minutes away.
Flathead County deputies found Bengtson’s truck in the driveway of his West Glacier and the SWAT team was deployed. The team was unable to contact Bengtson and entered his home at around 4 a.m. They found Wayne Bengtson (Wayne Bengston) dead in his bedroom from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Bengtson’s wife said they had argued recently but not seriously, and there had been no indication that he would do anything like what he did Thursday.
Lindsey Bengtson (Lindsey Bengston) had met Eric Rodriguez at a trade show and worked together in a project for Proof firearms, where Lindsey works.
She is also a biological science technician with the USGS, according to her Facebook profile.
She really “liked” Greg Robertson’s Facebook profile in January and was friends with Greg Robertson on the social networking site.
The Whitehead Police Chief Bill Dial seemed to think it was purely a business relationship, but how often do you meet up for business meeting over a glass of wine at 10:30?
Lindsey and Greg Rodriguez were alone in the home with Lindsey’s mother out of town, with the exception of her two-year-old son Colter that was asleep in a bedroom downstairs.
Law enforcement officers later located the child taken from the house.
Dial said, “We called Child Protective Services and they have intervened to make sure that the mother and the child are adequately cared for and are reunited appropriately.”
Greg Rodriguez was the CEO of Global Adventure Outfitters, who I personally met at the Fort Worth, Texas annual Hunter’s Expo with the Texas Trophy Hunter’s Association. He was a hunting consultant, an author, and the host of “Rifleman’s Journey” the the Sportman’s Channel.
Rodriguez also was a shooting editor at Shooting Times Magazine and a contributing editor at Petersen’s Hunting, Guns & Ammo, and Dangerous Game.
Gregory Rodriguez, 43, is survived by his wife Lisa Rodriguez and they had two children- Chloe,14, and Cole, 12.
In a statement issued Saturday, the family Greg had been in Montana on a business trip.
“Greg was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother and friend,” the statement said. “We love him and will miss him dearly. Please respect the family in their time of mourning and allow them to grieve in peace.”
It’s a tragedy no matter the circumstances and we send out well-wishes to the families of the victims.
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