BLM supporter throws concrete planter through officer’s window, gets shot and killed
*July 11, 2016 at 6:56 am
[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial]LAKESHIRE, Mo. (AP) — An off-duty St. Louis County police officer fatally shot a man as he was trying to enter the officer’s home Saturday evening, police said.
Police said the off-duty officer, who was not identified, shot and killed 20-year-old Tyler Gebhard after he threw a 50-pound concrete planter through a window to enter the Lakeshire home, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
According to police, Gebhard was known to the family and had recently made online threats toward it and “uninvolved members of the community.”
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the officer is a three-year veteran of the department and has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation of the incident. He declined to elaborate on the nature of the threats, citing the ongoing investigation.
An uncle of Gebhard, Patrick Brogan, 57, of Waterloo, Illinois, told the Post-Dispatch that Gebhard and the officer had been arguing on Facebook about Black Lives Matter. He said Gebhard, who was biracial, empathized with the group’s objectives but did not participate in protests.
“As far as a person (he) was the nicest kid you could ever meet,” Brogan said. “He was just a normal 20-year-old.”