Shooting victim feared husband

Petaluma second-grade teacher Kim Baucom Conover knew her estranged husband, Kevin, owned a gun but may have been the only member of her family who failed to anticipate what he might do with it, a close family member said Monday.

Their troubled marriage of less than two years included episodes of physical violence, an Easter Day domestic abuse report and recent episodes of stalking in the wake of the couple's separation about two months ago, the family member said, on condition her name and relationship not be revealed.

Double shooting in Petaluma


Kim Conover, 43, was "absolutely" afraid of her husband and had tried to leave him several times before, the family member said.

On Sunday, she visited her divorce attorney to get a restraining order against her husband, police said.

But she apparently did not foresee the level of violence that exploded Sunday afternoon.

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