Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

YouTube star couple targeted by gunman in home invasion attack

YouTube star couple targeted by gunman in home invasion attack

A man named Christopher Giles drove 11 hours from New Mexico to the couple's home in Texas.

An armed New Mexico man broke into the house of YouTubers Megan Turney and Gavin Free last month, forcing the couple to hide in their closet and await police. Giles allegedly shot at police, who returned fire, killing Giles. Police arrived at the scene as Giles was attempting to leave, at which point he was ordered to stop.

The Austin P.D. confirmed the case is under investigation, but the did not provide additional comments. Giles died from injuries, but the medical examiner has not officially determined whether he died from police gunfire or a self-inflicted wound. He was described by police as "single, lonely and disturbed".

The 23-year-old had more than a thousand notes on his phone about the YouTube personalities, which police say contained "threatening thoughts" about Mr Free.

She said the intruder broke into the home through the back door and was walking around while the couple hid in the master bedroom closet.

Turney, 30, called police around 3:40 a.m. that morning to report that she and Free, 29, were awakened by the sound of a gunshot and broken glass, the outlet reports.

In a press briefing the day of the shooting, Austin Police Department Assistant Chief Troy Gay said that two officers were there but that only one fired.

Austin officers encountered Giles as he was backing out of the couple's driveway in a Lincoln sedan, the warrant says.

Giles was pronounced dead on the scene, a.45 caliber handgun near his hand, according to the affidavit.

"I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children", said one note.

Detectives wrote in the complaint it was "apparent Giles' sole intent was to cause harm to someone who resides there", according to the outlet. The search revealed Giles "was an avid player of video games and was known for watching YouTube videos".

They also found evidence that Giles had been planning the "burglary and homicides of Megan Turney and Gavin Free" at his home.

"Thanks for all the support and concern regarding the recent incident", Free wrote Monday on Twitter.

Meg also thanks the Austin Police "for their quick response" and "ongoing support during this hard time".

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