Armed man killed after breaking into gaming YouTubers' home

14 February 2018, 05:45 | Santos Harmon

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He was reportedly jealous of their life and success.

A YouTube couple's home was broken into by an armed man who was obsessed with the internet stars.

When Austin Police Officers arrived at the address, they saw a dark colored Lincoln sedan back out of the driveway before a shot was sacked from inside.

Police said the 23-year-old Giles was described as "single, lonely and disturbed". Neither Free nor Turney were harmed in the incident. Free co-created and co-hosts the YouTube-based series "The Slow Mo Guys". Free was previously the creative director of Rooster Teeth. His phone was full of notes centering on Turney, whose YouTube videos run the gamut from relationship advice to online gaming to her popular "Ask Meg" segment.

Court documents stated: "Threatening thoughts were recorded by Giles and directed toward Gavin Free, i.e., 'I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children'".

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

The couple thanked their social media following for their support over the incident. Both Free and Turney hid in a closet and called 911 after the man entered their house.

Police said "it was apparent that Giles' sole intent was to cause harm to someone who resides there". After he was unable to find them, he left the property, but was discovered by the authorities as he attempted to back out of the driveway. Giles fired a single shot from his vehicle while backing out of the driveway. Giles was pronounced dead at the scene with a.45 caliber handgun by his side. Texas authorities are investigating whether or not Giles shot himself. An official ruling on the manner of his death is still under review.

Officers told Giles to stop and show his hands, but Giles shot at the officers.

Armed with the warrant, police searched Giles' house on January 29 and seized two cellphones, a laptop, two tablets and an Xbox gaming system, Albuquerque court documents show. Neither Turney nor Free responded to phone calls. Rooster Teeth would have been a go-to as a result since Turney still appears in their output while Free does not. Police say those videos led an Albuquerque man to resent Free and drive to their Austin home last month, apparently to hurt them. The assumption is that he meant to kill Free.



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