A woman from Sherman, New York, not far from the Pennsylvania border, was fatally shot by a hunter who mistook her for a deer, police said. Rosemary Billquist, 43, took her dogs out for a walk on Wednesday at around 5:30 p.m. when she was shot once by Thomas Jadlowski.
According to the New York Daily News, Jadlowski heard Billquist scream and he promptly called 911. He stayed with the woman until an ambulance arrived on the scene. Billquist was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital in Pennsylvania, not long after. A bullet went through Billquist’s hip and out her back.
"They tried saving her," husband Jamie Billquist told the Buffalo News on Friday. "It was just too bad.... It's horrific. It will be with me the rest of my life."
The shooting happened about 40 minutes after the sun went down, which means it was illegal for Jadlowski to be hunting, the Associated Press reports. According to the Washington Post, Jadlowski fired the single shot after he thought he spotted a deer in his backyard. So far, Jadlowski, 34, has not been charged. The investigation is still ongoing and Jadlowski is reportedly cooperating with police.
"This is a horrific incident," Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace told the Buffalo News. "....This destroyed two lives."
The victim’s husband called his wife an angel.
"She was always out to help somebody. She never wanted credit and was always quiet about it. She's just an angel. An angel for sure."
Dale Dunkelberger, master instructor for firearms for the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s hunter education program, told the Buffalo News that shooting after dark isn’t just illegal. It’s also dangerous.
“Hunters have to understand there are other people using trails, using parks in areas where we as sportsmen hunt.”