'Obsessed' fan dead after breaking into famous YouTube couple's home

The couple called 911 and reported that someone broke into their home and was roaming around the residence. The suspect died on the scene, but according to KXAN, a pending investigation will determine whether he was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot or an officer.

Police later searched Giles' home and mobile phone where they found more evidence of his obsession with Ms Turney.

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.

Albuquerque Police Department detectives who executed a search warrant on his home in Albuquerque said Giles lived alone and was "an avid player of video games and was known for watching YouTube videos that were centered on his hobby". "Based on the footage seen, it was apparent that Giles' sole intent was to cause harm to someone who resides there", police documented in a search warrant. 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).

Turney, who has 300,000 subscribers on YouTube, and Free, the face behind YouTube channel "The Slow Mo Guys", awoke around 3 a.m.to glass shattering. One of the officers, identified in the Austin American-Statesman as Officer Matthew Jackson, fired back. And his phone was full of notes suggesting he had "developed a fondness" for the woman, Megan Turney, and a dislike of her boyfriend, Gavin Free. It seems like he envied Free's aspirational lifestyle and his romantic relationship with Turney. Instead, police say they heard a single shot coming from the vehicle. A gun was allegedly fired from Giles' auto, leading to officers returning fire.

Nothing was stolen from the couple's house, the warrant says.

"I just wanted to say thanks for all the support and concern regarding the recent indecent", Gavin tweeted. I want to give a huge thanks to @Austin_Police for the incredible response time.

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".

  • Marlene Weaver