Authorities: Woman killed by hunter while walking her dogs

Rosemary Billquist was walking her dogs Wednesday evening after sunset. (CNN Photo)

(CNN) — A woman walking her dogs near her western New York home was fatally shot Wednesday by a man who told police he mistook her for a deer.

Rosemary Billquist, 43, was hit by a bullet from a single-shot pistol fired by neighbor Thomas B. Jadlowski, said Sgt. Josh Ostrander of the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.

Thomas Jadlowski, shown in a photo taken for his firearm license (CNN Photo)

Jadlowski told investigators he was 200 yards from the victim when he fired.

When Jadlowski realized his grave mistake, he called 911.

Billquist was taken from the town of Sherman to a hospital in Pennsylvania where she was pronounced dead.

Deputies say hunting should have stopped by that time of day.

“She was out and about where hunting was happening, you have to be aware of that and try to be visible, but it’s the responsibility of the hunter, you have to know when the sunset is and plan your day so you can get out of the woods before that time and definitely not hunt after sunset,” Sheriff Joe Gerace said.

Jadlowski, who has cooperated with authorities, has not been charged with a crime.

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