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Published On: Mon, Jul 11th, 2016

Facebook argument over Black Lives Matter, police violence leads to Tyler Gebhard break in house, shot and killed

Tyler Gebhard

Tyler Gebhard

An off-duty police officer shot and killed a home invader known to the officer’s family, near St. Louis on Saturday evening, and the family says the two had recently had an argument about the growing unrest over police violence and Black Lives Matter.

Tyler Gebhard, 20, rang the doorbell on Saturday evening after a heated argument on Facebook to confront the unnamed officer. The police officer was home with his wife, two children and mother-in-law when Gebhard arrived. They ran upstairs after the man, being denied access to the home, threw a concrete planter through the window and climbed into the home.

The officer shot Gebhard and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Police told KMOV the man had emotional issues and had issued threats to the family online before the shooting.

An uncle of Gebhard’s, Patrick Brogan, of Waterloo, Illinois, told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Gebhard and the officer had been arguing on Facebook. He said Gebhard, who was biracial, empathized with the objectives of the Black Lives Matter group.

Police Chief Jon Belmar says the officer is on leave.

(1/2) At appx 5:50p an off-duty St. Louis County police officer was involved in a shooting after a suspect broke into his home in Lakeshire.

— St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd) July 10, 2016

Gebhard had posted a series of comments on his Facebook page, relating to the racial tension being felt across America.

At 3.20pm he posted a photo of black and white hands clasped together with the words: “F*** being racist. My white friends are my n***as 2.”

There is a photo of a black and white child hugging above “Children will play with everyone. Until a parent tells them not to.”

Gebhard posted a tribute earlier in the day that said: “Light up Facebook with this blue candle for all our fallen officers.”

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