Kim Conover, 43, was killed Sunday outside her divorce attorney’s office in downtown Petaluma, Calif., by her 41-year-old husband, who then turned the gun on himself.
“I think she was reaching out and asking for steps and working through her attorney and working with the Police Department,” Lt. Tim Lyons, a Petaluma police spokesperson, told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Her husband denied the account, but police pursued a lesser order, called an emergency stay-away. It was also rejected when a judge found no evidence that Conover was in immediate danger, authorities said.
Conover left behind 21-month-old twins she had with her husband, as well as two daughters, ages 12 and 15, from a previous marriage, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The two had a history with the Petaluma police, who had responded to calls regarding the couple five times in the past year.
Most were complaints of domestic abuse, but there was one allegation that Conover’s husband has pushed one of her older daughters. No arrests were ever made, according to the newspaper.
Friends and family said Conover was struggling to get out of a bad marriage, but her husband wouldn’t let her go.
“She was trying to raise her kids, and being with him was not the best way she could do that,” an unidentified family member told Petaluma Patch.
“She was doing her best to get away from him and just trying to put her kids first.”
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- Petaluma Woman Killed By Husband Sought Restraining Order (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)
- Man kills wife outside divorce lawyer’s office (sfgate.com)