Armed fan who broke into YouTuber's home was shot dead by police

Jay Janner

Christopher Eric Giles, 24, drove 11 hours from New Mexico to Texas before breaking into the video personality's home on January 26, FOX7 Austin reported. As he was backing his auto out of the driveway, Austin Police Department officers arrived and ordered him to stop and leave the vehicle. Giles was found dead in his vehicle by the authorities, after a shootout with police as he tried to leave the couple's driveway. Police described Giles as a "single, lonely and disturbed" person.

Investigators later found that Giles had "developed a fondness" for 30-year-old Turney, but despised Free.

Police later found cell phone recordings made by Giles in which he made clear his obsession with Meg and hatred of her boyfriend. Kotaku reports that the pair hid in a closet during the incident, from which they called the authorities.

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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. The driver, later identified as Christopher Eric Giles, opened fire on the police who fired back. Giles was later found dead.

An Albuquerque man who died in an officer-involved shooting after breaking into a Hyde Park home last month might have died from a self-inflicted gunshot and appears to have been trying to harm a couple who are internet celebrities, according to an Albuquerque police search warrant.

Gavin Free and Meg Turney.

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Police said they discovered recorded threatening thoughts from Giles on his mobile phone, in which he said he wanted Free to die without any children. They said security footage shows him searching the home for the residents, a gun in his hand.

The victims are stars on social media who have amassed millions of followers on both YouTube and Instagram through a series of slow-motion videos.

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

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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".

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