A woman was killed by a hunter while walking her dogs. Responsible hunters speak out on tragedy

Rosemary Billquist, 43, of Sherman, New York, was killed Wednesday as she walked her dogs by a man who told police he mistook her for a deer.

Thomas Jadlowski, a neighbor, told police he shot Billquist from 200 yards away, The Buffalo News reported. He rushed to her aid after hearing Billquist scream, calling 911 and applying pressure to her wound until help arrived.

The National Rifle Association was roundly criticized after the death, but responsible gun owners shared their experience and wisdom.



The victim’s husband, Jamie Billquist, posted a moving tribute to his wife on Facebook.

“I will miss you and love you forever and I know you’re dancing in heaven with your momma and all of our friends and family that we have lost,” he wrote.

The shooting appeared to take place after sundown — New York law prohibits hunting after sunset.

“It’s the responsibility of the hunter,” Sheriff Joe Gerace said. “You have to know when sunset is and plan your day so you can get out of woods before that time.”

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Jadlowski was armed with a high-powered, single shot handgun that’s commonly used for deer hunting. An investigation is ongoing and he has yet to be charged with a crime.

“This is a horrific incident,” Sheriff Gerace said. “This destroyed two lives.”


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