A woman was shot dead in Wednesday in western New York after a hunter mistook her for a deer while she was out walking her dogs and shot her once, only realizing that he had shot a human when she screamed.
43-year-old Rosemary Billquist was walking her dogs in her hometown of Sherman when she was suddenly shot by Thomas Jadlowski, The Buffalo News reported.
Jadlowski claimed that he thought he saw a deer in the field and fired a single shot with a pistol, but when he heard a scream, he went to take a closer look. Roughly 200 yards away, he discovered a fatally wounded Billquist. He applied first aid and called 911, remaining by her side until emergency responders arrived.
“They tried saving her,” husband Jamie Billquist told the newspaper on Friday. “It was just too bad. … It’s horrific. It will be with me the rest of my life.”
The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said that no charges have yet been filed and noted that Jadlowski has been cooperating with investigators, who are also working to determine whether he violated state hunting laws by attempting to hunt deer after sunset.
Jadlowski used a single-shot handgun that is typically used for deer hunting to fire into the property of his next-door neighbor, who had not given Jadlowski permission to be hunting on their property.
Jamie Billquist described his wife as a loving and charitable women who dedicated her free time to volunteering at Chautauqua Hospice and at WCA Hospital, where she worked in medical transcription.
“She was always out to help somebody. She never wanted credit and was always quiet about it,” he said. “She’s just an angel. An angel for sure.”