LIMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) – Deputies say a man shot his estranged wife and the man she was with before turning the gun on himself.
Shortly before 12:30 p.m., Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb says 42-year-old Kimberly Podolski returned to a mobile home with her boyfriend and another friend on Nichols Run Road in the Town of Carrollton, which is just outside of Limestone, to pick up some of her belongings.
“[They went] with her to assist in removing a garden hose, we believe. There was some kind of pump that she wanted to take,” said Capt. Robert Bucchardt.
Deputies say her estranged husband, 38-year-old Daniel Podolski, was home, which Kimberly was not anticipating.
Sheriff Whitcomb said, “When they got there, they were surprised by her ex-husband. They did not anticipate he was going to be there and he was.”
Deputies say Daniel shot his estranged wife’s boyfriend first. The other friend who accompanied Kimberly and her boyfriend to the mobile home managed to escape.
Sheriff Whitcomb said, “As he was running away, he heard another shot. We suspect that was probably the fatal shot to the wife.”
“Then in turn, turned the gun on himself and fired one round into his head,” Capt. Buchhardt added.
Daniel was taken to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA with a gunshot wound to the head. He remains in critical condition. His cousin, Susan Eberle, tells News 4 that Daniel is a truck driver who had separated from his wife over a year ago.
Capt. Buchhardt said, “Domestic type situations… They’re almost always the most volatile. They were together for a period of time, the relationship had ended, new people come into play, and a lot of times people just can’t handle it. You see it just about everywhere.”
The identity of Kimberly’s boyfriend, who is from Olean, has not been released. The sheriff’s office says they have had difficulty locating his next of kin.
“This is a rural area. It was over with very quickly. We don’t believe at any time that anyone else in the community was at risk or in danger. Everybody that was involved in this event is accounted for right now. We’re currently still trying to make notification to the victims’ family,” Sheriff Whitcomb said.
Relatives say Daniel and Kimberly leave behind two school-aged children who most recently had not been in the custody of their father or mother.