by LAURA HAYES
Two Winonans were found dead in a residence after a man told dispatchers that his girlfriend was shot in the head during a struggle with a handgun. When officers arrived at the home, they found the man dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The victims have been identified as Jaida Marie Hoffman, 34, and Dano Ray Radawitz, 43.
On Monday, July 24, at 3:23 a.m., WPD officers received a 911 call. According to a statement issued by the WPD, “the adult male caller stated that there had been a struggle between himself and his adult girlfriend over a handgun. He stated that the firearm went off and the female was struck in the head.”
Winona Deputy Police Chief Tom Williams said that officers arrived at the residence on the 200 block of Chatfield Street, and as they approached the house, they heard what they believed to be a gunshot coming from inside the building. Officers tried to contact the occupants and obtained a search warrant to enter the house. Williams said that once officers entered, they found both Radawitz and Hoffman dead from apparent gunshot wounds. Both victims were shot once, according to police.
Williams said that officers had made contact with the two victims in the past, but added that the contact was “nothing relationship-related.” Williams said that police were not seeing any suspects and the situation does not pose a risk to the public.
Family and friends took to social media, calling the shooting a “tragedy” and sharing memories of Hoffman and Radawitz. “Jaida was the most caring and giving person I knew,” Hoffman’s friend Lydia Flanagan said in an interview. Flanagan and other loved ones set up a gofundme (at https://www.gofundme.com/jaidas-justice) in her honor to go toward a memorial tree or bench or to Hoffman’s three children. “The least I could do was set up a page to show the family that people really loved her and that they shouldn’t be bothered with finances,” Flanagan said. “The world got a lot darker yesterday, but the many donors shown there is a glimpse of light through all of Jaida’s friends.”