Man kills TV host: Greg Rodriguez, the host of a hunting television show, traveled the world in search of some of the world’s most prized big game. But his trips across the globe came to an abrupt end on Thursday night when he was shot and killed in Montana.
Rodriguez, whose “A Rifleman’s Journal” appeared on the The Sportsman Channel and has around a dozen full episodes on YouTube, went to places like Botswana, Sweden, Texas, Southeast Asia, and numerous other countries to shoot wildebeest, zebras, bears, mountain lions, sheep, leopards, and other big game. In the Botswana episode, he takes his son, Cole, to shoot at red hartebeest.
Police in Whitefish, Mont., said Rodriguez, 43, was shot and killed at a house after visiting a female friend who was staying with her mother, reported ABCFoxMontana.com. The husband of the woman, Wayne Bengston, entered the home and shot Rodriguez before beating her savagely.
Bengston then took his son to a family member’s house and drove to his home in West Glacier before he apparently shot himself. Authorities drove to his house and found him dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to the Sportsman Channel, Rodriguez’s show “focuses on the challenge and adventure of the hunt, and the overwhelming majority of the hunts featured on the show are spot-and-stalk.” The Associated Press reported that he hunted in 21 different countries.
Rodriguez was also the founder and CEO of Global Adventure Outfitters, according to AP. He was also an editor with “Shooting Times Magazine” and a contributing editor to “Petersen’s Hunting, Guns & Ammo and Dangerous Game.”
On Facebook and YouTube, there was an outpouring of support. “RIP Mr. Rodriguez,” read one comment.
However, there were a number of commenters who felt that his death was caused by “karmic” reasons because he shot and killed large animals. “[Now he knows] what it’s like to die from a gun, something he did to thousands of animals,” said one.
Rodriguez, who is from Sugar Land, Texas, leaves behind two children, including his son who he took on hunting trips, according to AP.
On his Facebook page and YouTube channel, Rodriguez is seen next to dead zebra, leopards, mountain lions, sheep, bears, and other large game.
He also posted a number of comments defending the Second Amendment, including one talking about “sensible gun control.”
The Daily Mail reports that he has went on more than 55 African Safaris and killed 140 big game animals.
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