Charges considered against hunter who fatally shot woman

SHERMAN, N.Y. (AP) UPDATE: Authorities say a grand jury will decide whether to bring criminal charges against a western New York hunter who shot and killed a neighbor he mistook for a deer.

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Mourners, meantime, are saying their final goodbyes to a woman described by her husband as an angel.

The Chautauqua County sheriff's office says Rosemary Billquist was killed Thanksgiving eve while walking her dogs behind her home after sunset, when hunting is illegal.

District Attorney Patrick Swanson says Tuesday his office will ask a grand jury to consider charges of criminally negligent homicide or reckless conduct that resulted in Billquist's death. Either could result in prison for the 34-year-old hunter, Thomas Jadlowski.

Jadlowski couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday.

Billquist's funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, following a wake Tuesday.


Authorities say a 43-year-old woman has been accidentally shot to death by a hunter while walking her dogs in a rural field in western New York.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office says Rosemary Billquist, of Sherman, took her dogs for a walk in her hometown near the Pennsylvania border around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Deputies say she was walking in a field when a man hunting nearby mistook her for a deer and shot her once with a pistol.

The hunter heard her scream, called 911 and stayed with her until emergency crews arrived. Billquist was taken to a hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she was pronounced dead.

Officials say the shooting occurred about 40 minutes after sunset, when it's illegal to hunt.

Police say the hunter hasn't been charged. The investigation is continuing.

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