Gunman shot dead by police after targeting YouTube stars

Gavin Free and Megan Turney appearing on You Tube together.                  YouTube
Gavin Free and Megan Turney appearing on You Tube together. YouTube
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14 Февраля, 2018

Gavin Free and Meg Turney, who live in Austin, Texas, were woken early on the morning of 26 January after intruder Christopher Giles broke into their home by shooting out the glass in a door.

By the time the police arrived - which Free estimates was just four minutes later - Giles had given up searching for the couple, and had returned to his vehicle in an attempt to drive away.

Austin police described Giles as "single, lonely and disturbed", according to the court documents.

A spokeswoman for the Austin Police Department said the case is under investigation and she could not answer any additional questions about it. Both Turney and Free were unharmed during the incident.

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

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Police found several notes in Giles' phone referring to Ms Turney and her boyfriend Mr Free by name. The couple called 911 and reported that someone broke into their home and was roaming around the residence. Noticing a New Mexico license plate, Officer Matthew Jackson ordered Giles to stop.

"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.

Turney and Free both gained fame making videos for YouTube - many of them video game-related - and both have worked at the Austin-based media company Rooster Teeth Productions. After hearing the gunshot, the officer fired back, killing the suspect, according to Assistant Police Chief Troy Gay. Giles recorded threatening thoughts about Free, including "I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children", the warrant says. They also said nothing had been stolen from the property. His phone was full of notes centering on Turney, whose YouTube videos run the gamut from relationship advice to online gaming to her popular "Ask Meg" segment. "Hey everyone. I just wanted to say thanks for all the support and concern regarding the recent incident", he wrote. "I want to give a huge thanks to Austin police for the awesome response 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".

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