YouTube Couple Hides in Closet After Armed Fan Breaks Into House

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The man was reportedly jealous of Free. Instead, police say they heard a single shot coming from the vehicle.

Turney, 30, was made famous through her video blogs on anime, relationship advice and her life.

Gavin Free is the creator of the Slow Mo Guys channel on YouTube along with Daniel Gruchy; the duo created a YouTube ad-supported original series that launched last month. Free was previously the creative director of Rooster Teeth. Turney also developed an Instagram following over the years with 547,000 followers. He seemed to have a fixation with hurting Free, and the police found over 1,000 notes about the couple on his phone, as well as recorded threats, like "I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children".

A spokeswoman for the Austin Police Department said the case is under investigation and she could not answer any additional questions about it.

Megan Turney and Gavin Free were in bed when Christopher Eric Giles broke into their home on January 26. Source Instagram Meg Turney
Megan Turney and Gavin Free were in bed when Christopher Eric Giles broke into their home on January 26. Source Instagram Meg Turney

Turney wrote: "Thank y'all so, so much for each and every kind message today and a special thank you to the Austin police for their quick response that night and their ongoing support during this hard time". The incident took place on January 26th, after police received a call from a woman who said she and her boyfriend awoke to the sound of a gunshot and breaking glass. Surveillance video showed Giles enter the home, and "based on the footage seen, it was apparent that Giles' sole intent was to cause harm to someone who resides there", the search warrant continued.

Giles left when he couldn't locate the couple, only to find Austin police officers waiting for him.

According to police, one officer returned fire. Giles was pronounced dead at the scene - according to a preliminary postmortem, he committed suicide, but this has not yet been confirmed.

The police found a.45 caliber handgun near his hand. An official ruling on the manner of his death is still under review. Noticing a New Mexico license plate, Officer Matthew Jackson ordered Giles to stop. Giles fired at police, and an officer fired back, interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said. Neither Turney nor Free responded to phone calls. An affidavit obtained by the Albuquerque Journal described Giles as "an avid player of video games and was known for watching YouTube videos that were centered on his hobby". Rooster Teeth would have been a go-to as a result since Turney still appears in their output while Free does not. He fired a gun both inside and outside the home while the couple hid in a closet, but Free and Turney were not injured, Austin police have said. The assumption is that he meant to kill Free.


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