Upstate NY Woman Walking Her Dog Killed By Hunter
A woman who was walking her dog behind her house was shot and killed by a man hunting illegally after sunset.
Thomas B. Jadlowski, 34, was illegally hunting after sunset and allegedly opened fire on what he thought was a deer but turned out to be his neighbor. Jadlowski, of Sherman, entered a plea of not guilty in Chautauqua Court. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 property. Jadlowski is due back in court on Jan. 29, 2018 for motions. The charges carry a potential state prison sentence of 5 to 15 years.
The DEC reports the day before Thanksgiving, DEC ECOs and Chautauqua County Sheriff's responded to a call of a hunting-related shooting incident just after 5:20 p.m., well beyond the legal close of the daily hunting period at sunset.
Rosemary Billquist, 43, of Sherman, was struck in the hip by a bullet fired by Jadlowski. After firing the shot, hearing a scream and finding Billquist, Jadlowski called 911. Members of the Sherman Stanley Hose Company Volunteer Fire Department responded within minutes of the shooting to find Ms. Billquist unresponsive about 150 yards behind her home. She was immediately transported to UPMC Hamot medical center in Erie, Pennsylvania, but later succumbed to her injuries.