While Gebhard was best known to his fellow Lakeshire residents as a former running back and linebacker for the Affton High School football team, the 20-year-old suffered from bi-polar disorder for years. Tragically, it appears that the heated rhetoric utilized by Black Lives Matter inflamed Gebhard's already-fragile emotional state and drove him to his attempted attack on the officer and his family, something that possibly could have been avoided had the movement been more responsible in both it's speech and actions:
“‘He walked over there and into a gunfight,' Gebhard's uncle, Patrick Brogan said, drawing on accounts offered by friends of his nephew. ‘When he got there, he was met with a gun and the guy killed him.'
Authorities said Gebhard, 20, and the officer were acquainted, and Gebhard made Facebook threats to the officer's family and ‘uninvolved members of the community' in advance of the Saturday encounter with the unidentified officer.
Gebhard threw a 50-pound concrete planter through the window and entered the Lakeshire residence as the officer's wife, mother-in-law and two young children struggled to escape through a bedroom window, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. The off-duty officer shot and killed Gebhard.
‘I don’t think the officer had a choice — I honestly don’t,' Belmar told reporters on Saturday, labeling the situation ‘a very difficult position to be in.'”
Source: St. Louis Today