Passaic County woman killed by pellet gun by Julie O'Connor/The Star-Ledger Saturday January 03, 2009, 6:04 PM http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/01/passaic_county_woman_killed_by.html A 44-year-old Passaic County woman died yesterday after her husband shot her in the back with a pellet gun the couple used to hunt squirrels, police said. Authorities said Cheryl McDonald of West Milford, was shot inside her home on Weeden Drive. She died en route to Chilton Memorial Hospital in Pompton Plains at about 10:30 a.m. The shooting appears to have been accidental, authorities said. However, McDonald's husband, Frank, has been charged with reckless manslaughter and will be held at Passaic County jail in lieu of $150,000 bail. Frank McDonald called 911 at about 10 a.m., to report his wife had accidentally been struck in the back with a pellet and was "having difficulty breathing," said Capt. James Beatrice, head of the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit. "It looks like it was an accidental discharge of a pellet gun," Beatrice said. "That's all we have right now." Police said the McDonalds used the pellet gun, which is powered by compressed gas, to shoot squirrels. West Milford Police Department and the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office are investigating the shooting. Neighbor Debbie Poat, 62, said the McDonalds have two sons, one who is either 9 or 10 and another in his 20s. Cheryl McDonald was friendly and "always had a smile and a wave," Poat said.