Home invasion suspect targeted Youtube celebrities, police say

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Gavin Free and Meg Turney

A "disturbed fan" armed with a gun entered the home of a celebrity YouTube couple before firing at least one shot, police said. The officers announced their presence, heard a single gunshot come from the vehicle and returned fire. Police described Giles as a "single, lonely and disturbed" person. The 30-year-old internet personality first found fame through her vlogs on anime, relationship advice, and insights into her life. Free was previously the creative director of Rooster Teeth.

The search warrant also revealed notes Giles wrote in his phone that provided more insight into his motives.

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

Ms Turney added: "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". Hearing glass breaking, the couple hid and called 911. Austin authorities indicated that "it was apparent that Giles' sole intent was to cause harm to someone who resides there".

When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered a sedan backing out of the driveway.


Giles was pronounced dead at the scene, with an initial report from the medical examiner indicated he died of a self-inflicted gunshot. An official ruling on the manner of death is underway.

Officers told Giles to stop and show his hands, but Giles shot at the officers. The driver, later identified as Christopher Eric Giles, opened fire on the police who fired back.

Albuquerque detectives said Giles lived alone, and often played video games and watched YouTube videos. Rooster Teeth would have been a go-to as a result since Turney still appears in their output while Free does not.

YouTube stars Gavin Free and Meg Turney were forced to hide in their bedroom closet and call 911 when an "obsessed" fan drove 11 hours from New Mexico to break into their home. The assumption is that he meant to kill Free.

The pair, who combined have over 10.6 million YouTube followers, addressed the incident via Twitter on Tuesday thanking those who had left messages of support while offering special thanks to the Austin Police force for their efforts on January 26.

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