Suspect Allegedly Broke Into Famous YouTube Star's Home Before Fatal Police Shooting

YouTubers Gavin Free and Meg Turney Speak Out About Horrific Attempt on Their Lives     
                    
          by Mike Kent
YouTubers Gavin Free and Meg Turney Speak Out About Horrific Attempt on Their Lives by Mike Kent
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14 February, 2018

Giles' phone contained "more than 1000 notes" about the couple, one of which read that "I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children". Both Free and Turney hid in a closet and called 911 after the man entered their house.

Police arrived at the scene ten minutes later and an initial report from the medical examiner suggested Giles died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

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.

"Threatening thoughts were recorded by Giles and directed toward" the 29-year-old, KVUE reported, citing a police investigation into the fan's cellphone video.

The couple hid in a closet and updated the 911 dispatcher as Giles, 23, rooted through their home looking for the pair. Turney is a former Rooster Teeth host and cosplayer, while Free continues to be a regular member of the Rooster Teeth crew (having appeared in both Lazer Team movies and other projects). Free and another YouTuber run the channel The Slow Mo Guys, which has more than 10 million followers. Police described Giles as a "single, lonely and disturbed" person. One of the officers, identified in the Austin American-Statesman as Officer Matthew Jackson, fired back. Austin Police officers confronted Giles as he drove away, hearing a gunshot from the auto and returning fire.

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Police searched Giles' phone, where they found multiple notes in which he talks about Turney and Free by name.

Turney reiterated Free sentiments in a separate tweet.

"Based upon these notations, it was apparent that Giles developed a fondness of Turney yet resented Free for his lifestyle and success", the warrant says. They said security footage shows him searching the home for the residents, a gun in his hand. The search revealed Giles "was an avid player of video games and was known for watching YouTube videos". I want to give a huge thanks to @Austin_Police for the awesome response time.

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

Meanwhile, fellow YouTubers and fans expressed their love and support for the Internet personalities following the scary incident online.


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