Sherman Woman Killed In Apparent Hunting Accident

SHERMAN — The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fatal shooting of a woman Wednesday in the town of Sherman in an apparent hunting accident.

Deputies and Sherman firefighters were summoned to the area of 2998 Armenian Road around 5:25 p.m.

First responders found 43-year-old Rosemary Billquist of Sherman with a single gunshot wound. She was taken to UPMC Hamot hospital in Erie, Pa., where she died of her injuries, the Sheriff’s Office said late Wednesday.

Billquist was reportedly walking her dogs when she was shot by Thomas B. Jadlowski, 34, also of Sherman, who told investigators he thought he saw a deer in the field.

Jadlowski fired single shot from a pistol from about 200 yards away that struck Billquist. After hearing a scream, Jadlowski rushed to the aid of Billquist, applied pressure to her wound and called 911.

Deputies said Jadlowski took the shot after sunset, which is the legal limit to hunt deer. Jadlowski reportedly is cooperating with police; no charges have been filed at this time.

The Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office has been contacted to review the incident to determine if criminal charges will be filed.