A popular host, Gregory G. Rodriguez of "A Rifleman's Journal" was shot and killed by a man jealous about his relationship with his shooter's wife Friday.
After killing the host, Wayne Bengston then beat his wife, and took his 2-year-old son to a family member's home before driving off and later killing himself. Police Chief Bill Dial said, "It's pretty much an open-and-closed case. Homicide and suicide," Dial said.
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Police say Rodriguez was in town for business and visited the killer's wife at her mother's home in Whitefish when her husband appeared around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night. The two previously met at a trade show and began a nonromantic relationship according to Dial.
While sitting in the kitchen conversing over glasses of wine, Bengston showed up and proceeded to beat his wife in the face and head with a pistol according to Dial, "I think it was a jealous husband, but this is all conjecture," Dial said.
SWAT found Bengston's body with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head according to police.