A New Mexico man who was obsessed with a famous YouTube couple was shot and killed after breaking into the couple's home and forcing them to hide in the closet and call 911.
When he couldn't find the couple, Giles left, encountering Austin Police Department officers on his way out. Police arrived within 10 minutes and the man was fatally shot in the couple's driveway. Giles died at the scene, and although the Albuquerque search warrant says his injury may have been self-inflicted, an official ruling has not been made. Both Turney and Free were unharmed during the incident.
Free seems to have been the main target of Giles's ire, with more than a thousand notes related to him logged on the gunman's phone. The couple called 911 and reported that someone broke into their home and was roaming around the residence.
Gavin Free and Meg Turney have thanked fans for their support after reports emerged that they were forced to hide in a closet after a man fired a gun in their home. One of the officers, identified in the Austin American-Statesman as Officer Matthew Jackson, fired back.
"Based on the [security camera] footage seen it was apparent that Giles' sole intent was to cause harm to someone who resides there", police said in the search warrant. The search revealed Giles "was an avid player of video games and was known for watching YouTube videos".
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"Threatening thoughts were recorded by Giles and directed toward Gavin Free, i.e., 'I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children, ' " wrote a detective handling the case. Giles was later found dead.
Nothing was stolen from the couple's house, the warrant says.
Free and Turney did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but both tweeted about the incident this week.
"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". "It's been a rough time for Meg and myself the last few weeks but we are doing ok".
Meg also thanks the Austin Police "for their quick response" and "ongoing support during this hard time".