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A tragic accident took place Wednesday in western New York when a woman was fatally shot after a hunter mistook her for a deer. Authorities at the Chautauqua County sheriff's office say 43-year-old Rosemary Billquist of Sherman, New York was walking her dogs around 5:30 p.m. when she was shot once with a pistol.
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The hunter who has been identified as 34-year-old Thomas B. Jadlowski fired a single shot and immediately heard her scream so he called 911. He stayed with the injured woman until emergency responders arrived at the field where the shooting took place. Authorities say the shooting took place 40 minutes after sunset which means it is illegal to hunt at the time Billquist was shot. Billquist was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead and the hunter has not yet been charged but the investigation continues.
The master instructor for firearms for the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation’s hunter education program, Dale Dunkelberger, weighed in on the accident saying, "Hunters have to understand there are other people using trails, using parks in areas where we as sportsmen hunt. In this case … he shouldn’t have been out there hunting after sunset. You’re done. That’s the law."
Dunkelberger said using a pistol to shoot deer is within the law but it is unclear what, if any, charges the hunter will face since it was not legal to hunt at that time.
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