Crime and Courts

Mar 8, 2013 1:43 PM by Dennis Bragg - MTN News

Outdoor TV program host murdered in Whitefish

WHITEFISH - The host of an outdoor television program is dead, and the man who shot him has taken his own life, according to police in Whitefish.

Detectives say Gregory Rodriguez, 43, of Sugar Land, Texas was shot and killed as he was visiting a Whitefish woman during a business trip to Northwest Montana late last night.

The case is still being investigated, but police know that Rodriguez, known as a television personality and host of outdoor programs, was visiting a local woman at River Lakes Parkway in Whitefish. Around 10:30 p.m. police say the woman's husband, Wayne C. Bengston, came to the house and shot Rodriguez and brutally beat his wife.

Police say Bengston then took 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. 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 this afternoon.

(photo of Gregory Rodriguez)

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