Petaluma lawyer witnessed murder-suicide shootings

A Petaluma divorce lawyer said he heard yelling outside his Keller Street office before he ran out in time to see his client gunned down by her estranged husband.

Attorney Jeffrey Zimmerman said Friday that after Kevin Conover, 41, shot Meadow Elementary School teacher Kim Conover, 43, the man held him in a "cold stare" before turning the gun on himself.

Double shooting in Petaluma


"It was appalling," said Zimmerman, who watched Sunday's murder-suicide from the sidewalk about 25 feet away. "His eyes and mine were focused on each other when he put the gun to his right temple."

It all happened around 2 p.m. after Zimmerman met with Kim Conover to prepare additional paperwork for her divorce.

Conover had complained of abuse dating back to before the couple was married in June 2010. She asked police for an emergency protective order about a week before the shooting. It was denied by a judge.

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