BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) - Inspired by last June's standoff at Erie County Medical Center, a state lawmaker has drafted a bill that would make it illegal for a stalker to use a GPS to track a victim.
Sen. Timothy Kennedy of Buffalo outlined the details of his proposal Tuesday morning, joined by relatives of Jacqueline Wisniewski, who was gunned down at a Buffalo hospital last year by her surgeon ex-boyfriend.
Before she was killed, Wisniewski discovered a GPS tracking device on her car that had been installed by her killer, Timothy Jorden.
Kennedy says there have been tens of thousands of such cases in recent years, but that there's no legal statute specifically addressing them. His bill would make it a felony to install electronics to track another person.
Jorden committed suicide as police closed in to arrest him near his Lakeview area home in Hamburg as police searched for him after the shooting on June 13, 2012.
The shooting prompted a four-hour lockdown of the medical center's 65-acre campus that day, when Jorden lured Wisniewski into stairwell area of the D.K. Miller building adjacent to the medical facility before shooting her five times at close range.
Friends said Wisniewski was afraid of the 49-year-old Jorden and had broken off their relationship some time before the shooting
At the time of the seige, some of her friends told several media outlets that Jorden stalked her after she ended the relationship, and that she spoke of him putting a a GPS tracking device in her car and once holding her captive in her home for a day and a half, wielding a knife.