SHERMAN – A 43-year-old Sherman woman died as the result of a single gunshot wound in a hunting accident Wednesday evening near 2998 Armenian Rd. according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.
Thomas B. Jadlowski, of Sherman, reportedly told deputies he mistook the deceased, Rosemary A. Billquist, for a deer when he fired a single shot pistol.
Jadlowski reportedly heard Billquist scream from 200 yds. away. He applied pressure to the wound and called 911 according to the report.
Sheriff’s Deputies were joined in the investigation by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police. Preliminary investigation reportedly suggests that Billquist was in the field walking her dogs at the time of the incident. Investigation also reveals that Jadlowski fired the shot after sunset, which is the legal limit to hunt deer.
Billquist reportedly died of her injury at UPMC Hamot. Jadlowski is cooperating with the investigation per the Sheriff’s Office. At this time no charges have been filed against Jadlowski, but the investigation is continuing. The case will be reviewed by the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office for a determination on whether Jadlowski may face criminal charges.