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Man Shoots Wife, Himself After Following Her to Divorce Attorney's Office

Victims have been identified as Kim Conover, 43, and her husband, Kevin Conover, 41.

A 41-year-old Petaluma man shot his wife, then turned the gun on himself outside a divorce attorney's office on Keller Street on Sunday.

The shooter has been identified as Kevin Conover, 41, and the victim his estranged wife Kim Conover, 43, according to Petaluma police. Both were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.

Police said they received several 911 calls around 2 p.m.

According to police, Kim Conover arrived to see her divorce attorney, Jeffrey Zimmerman, and was leaving his 10 Keller St. office when she was confronted by her soon to be ex-husband Kevin. Police say Kevin shot Kim and then shot himself. Hearing the shots, Zimmerman, the attorney, ran outside where he was noticed by police just arriving to the scene.

Because police initially believed Zimmerman was involved in the shooting, a standoff ensued as multiple officers drew their guns and pointed them in his direction as anxious passersby crowded around. Zimmerman was handcuffed and questioned, but then released when police realized he had not been involved in the shooting.

Police said this is the first shooting in Petaluma this year.

The couple have two children--18 month old twin boy and girl--and had recently separated, leading Kim to move out of their home and in with her parents. Kim Conover also has two daughters from a previous marriage, ages 12 and 15.

Jealousy was possibly a factor in the murder, according to friends, who say that Kevin had seen a name and number in Kim's cell phone that he didn't recognize and became suspicious that she was having an affair.

In one Facebook post, Conover called out a man he believed was sleeping with his wife, saying he was a common lothario who preyed on women who were going through hard times "with no conscience whatsoever."

But Kim's family says the man was just a friend to whom Conover had reached out to following her separation.

Did you know Kim or Kevin Conover? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Stinky April 19, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Not true, one CAN get a restraining order before something happens. One just needs to state that they feel threatened. One can even file the paperwork themselves, without an attorney, if they need to. Please don't assume there has have been an incident in order to get protection! If there is any doubt for your safety, or the safety others, get that restraining order.
Darris April 19, 2012 at 08:29 PM
True Stinky however, it needs to be signed by the judge who, if he feels it's unwarranted, can decline. That's the way it was several years ago and given the pace at which change happens in the court system, doubt it's much different today.
Debbie Pruett April 19, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Enough can't be said about what a kind and generous person she was. She will be missed dearly. Love and prayers to her family. Kim and her family were active members in 4-H. A Trust Fund has been set up in their name at Exchange Bank here in Petaluma. Donations to the trust account can be made out to Sullivan-Conover Children's Trust Fund. They can be dropped off at any Exchange Bank location. If you would like to mail a donation they can be mailed to, Exchange Bank, 2 East Washington Street, Petaluma, CA 94952. If you have any questions you can contact Christina Arndt with Exchange Bank at (707)762-5556.
George Barich April 26, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Everyone should pull together the same way they pull together when one our soldiers are killed serving abroad. This is a time for the community, the local charities, and the local churches to use their resources toward addressing this tragedy which can be done quickly. I implore anyone who is even thinking of asking or demanding City Hall do something about this incident than what it is already under a legal obligation to do to not waste any city staff time or city resources it can't afford to spend right now. Politicians won't say it, but I will. Don't allow local politicians to capitalize on this tragedy, as is often the case, should they begin to do so. This is not a handgun issue issue, either, but it probably will be in a few weeks. Let's be proactive and support the survivors of this family the old fashion way. I predict local politicians will be quick to provide some solution to a problem that can't be fixed by City Hall in short order. Surely there will be a moment of silence at the next city council meeting for these victims but no moment of silence for our fallen heroes. Interesting and sad.
George Barich April 26, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Patch should be commended for leaving the original news photo stand. I see worse on television every night during the dinner hour, frankly. Second, everyone should pull together the same way they pull together when one our soldiers is killed serving abroad. Maybe it's high time someone did a story on how many people leave an attorney's office and get that slight urge to take their own life in utter frustration with the entire judicial process and the high cost of legal fees? I'm surprised the amount of people that actually survive an ugly divorce.

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