YouTubers Hid as 'Disturbed' Fan With Gun Searched Home

YouTube celebrity couple targeted by 'disturbed' gunman who broke into their home with 'intent to harm'

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Christopher Giles, 23, had driven 11 hours from New Mexico to the Austin home of Megan Turney and Gavin Free - known for their content on anime and slow-motion videos, respectively - on January 26, after he "developed a fondness" for Turney and a dislike of her boyfriend Free, according to court documents cited by the Albuquerque Journal.

After Meg and Gavin heard the sound of breaking glass and a gunshot in the middle of the night, the two quickly hid in their closet and called police. Giles allegedly shot at police, who returned fire, killing Giles. Giles recorded threatening thoughts about Free, including "I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children", the warrant says.

Since news broke of the incident, both Turney and Free have taken to their social media accounts to assure fans they are okay.

A preliminary postmortem examination by the Travis County Medical Examiner found that Giles may have shot himself, according to the affidavit, but an official ruling on his manner of death is underway.

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Now living in Austin, Texas, Gavin and his girlfriend Meg Turney suffered a horrific ordeal when their house was broken into by a man carrying a pistol. According to the search warrant, Giles "developed a fondness of Turney yet resented Free for his lifestyle and success".

Ms Turney, who has an estimated net worth of $700,000 according to Celebrity Net Worth, is known for cosplaying and for being a host of internet news programs SourceFed and Rooster Teeth's The Know, as well as her own vlog channel. The show's most popular video shows Free trying to deflate a giant 6-foot water balloon with his body. The couple hid in the bedroom closet and called 911 while Giles paced the house, looking for the couple, the Albuquerque Journal reported. After hearing the gunshot, the officer fired back, killing the suspect, according to Assistant Police Chief Troy Gay. The 24-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene due to a gunshot wound, but it's not known if it was self-inflicted or from one of the cops' weapons.

Mr Free has since tweeted his thanks to the Austin police for their quick response. I just wanted to say thanks for all the support and concern regarding the recent incident.

"It's been a rough time for Meg and myself the last few weeks but we are doing OK", Free wrote to his followers on Twitter.

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