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Couple dead in Petaluma shooting

  • Petaluma police evidence technicians Clare Torina, right, and LaDonna Thompson process a revolver as evidence at the scene of an attempted murder of Kim Conover, 43 and suicide of her husband Kevin Conover, 41, near 10 Keller St in Petaluma, California, on Sunday, April 15, 2012. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

A Petaluma woman's visit to a divorce attorney Sunday afternoon ended in violence when, police said, her estranged husband shot and fatally wounded her on a downtown side street before killing himself.

The 2 p.m. shooting happened in front of 10 Keller St., a small office building where the woman had been visiting the attorney, said Petaluma police Lt. Tim Lyons.

Police did not release the names of the two people involved or confirm their marital status, but friends of the family identified them as Kevin Conover, 41, and Kim Conover, 43.

Double Shooting In Petaluma

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Kevin Conover died at 5 p.m. at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Police identified him as the shooter and said his wound appears to have been self-inflicted.

Kim Conover was hospitalized in critical condition and died at 9 p.m. Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

She was a second-grade teacher at Meadow Elementary School and mother of four children, including a twin boy and girl younger than than 2 years old that she had with her husband, and two teenage girls.

Kevin Conover graduated from Petaluma High School in 1988, a year after Kim Conover.

Friends of the couple who were at the shooting scene Sunday said the pair had been experiencing marital troubles. Some said they were in the process of getting a divorce.

The two had apparently arrived separately to the office on Keller Street. Kevin Conover's car was parked in a lot nearby while Kim Conover's car was parked in front of the office.

When police arrived, they found the two lying in the street and dragged them to safety, believing that a third person may have been involved.


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