A woman in western New York state has died in a tragic accident
in which a hunter fired at her, thinking she was a deer.
Rosemary Billquist, 43, was taking her two dogs for a walk near
her home Wednesday in the town of Sherman when she was shot
once from about 200 yards away, The New York Post
The hunter, neighbor Thomas Jadlowski, rushed over to Billquist
when he heard her scream, according to police. He called 911
and applied pressure to her wound while waiting for emergency
responders to arrive. Billquist was transported to a local
hospital, where she died of her injuries.
“They tried saving her,” her husband, Jamie Billquist, told The Buffalo
News. “It was just too bad. … It’s horrific. It will
be with me the rest of my life.”
Billquist said his wife, who was shot in the hip, was only 100
yards away from their house when the incident occurred.
He posted a tribute to her Thursday on Facebook.
“I know she’s touched so many lives with her kindness,” he
wrote, urging others to savor Thanksgiving with their families
and “enjoy those moments” because “they are precious.”
The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said that Jadlowski
reported the shooting 40 minutes after sunset and noted that
it’s against state law to hunt deer after the sun has gone
down, according to the Buffalo News. So far, no charges have
been filed, although law enforcement was still investigating
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