A twenty-year-old man was shot and killed by an off duty police officer when he illegally entered the officer’s home in Lakeshore, South County, Illinois. The intruder was known to the officer’s family and had recently made threats on Facebook toward them and other members of the community.
The intruder, identified as Tyler Gebhard, met the officer and his family through a connection at a local church. Gebhard’s uncle, Patrick Brogan, said that although the boy suffered from a bi-polar disorder, he was the 2014 recipient of the Howard Foundation of St. Louis Scholarship, awarded annually by the United Negro College Fund. According to Brogan, his nephew and the officer had been arguing on Facebook about Black Lives Matter.
The officer, who has not been identified, and his family were at home when the doorbell rang. The officer’s wife answered the door and quickly identified the man as Tyler Gebhard, the young man who had threatened her family. She didn’t let him in and closed the door. The next thing you know, Gebhard had gone to the back of the house where he threw a 50 pound planter through a window to gain access to the home. Fearing for his family’s safety, the off duty officer confronted the intruder. The incident ended with Gebhard dying from gunshot wounds.
100 Percent Fed Up reports:
The officer, the chief said, was at home about 5:50 p.m. with his wife, mother-in-law, a toddler and an infant child when a man later identified as Gebhard started ringing the doorbell.
When the wife answered the door with the infant, she immediately recognized Gebhard.
She shut the door and went to a back bedroom with other family members.
Belmar said that before the officer could get to the front door, Gebhard went to the rear of the house, where he threw a 50-pound concrete planter through a window to enter the home.
Members of the family in the bedroom said they heard the officer tell the intruder to “get down, get down, get down,” and then heard several shots fired, Belmar said.
As the shots were being fired, members of the family were trying to escape from a bedroom window.