YouTube Stars Targeted by Gunman in Home Invasion

A "disturbed fan" armed with a gun entered the home of a celebrity YouTube couple before firing at least one shot, police said.

Christopher Giles, 23, was familiar with the Austin couple - Gavin Free and Megan Turney - due to their YouTube fame, according to the warrant, which is based on information from the Albuquerque and Austin police departments. A gunshot was heard from the auto and police returned fire. Giles was found dead in his auto by the authorities, after a shootout with police as he tried to leave the couple's driveway.

The Austin P.D. confirmed the case is under investigation, but the did not provide additional comments. After an exchange of gunfire with police he died in the couple's drive. "I just wanted to say thanks for all the support and concern regarding the recent incident", tweeted Free.

Giles was described by police as a "single, lonely and disturbed" individual who had "developed a fondness" for Turney but had great distain for Free.

Giles is accused of breaking into Turney's and Free's house in the 4500 block of Avenue G on January 26. The pair hid in their bedroom closet and called 911 while Giles was looking for them.

Police say security footage shows Giles searching the home for residents while holding a gun, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

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. When the deputies searched the vehicle, they found a handgun in the suspect's hand, and a New Mexico driver's license with Giles' name and photo on it. One of the officers, identified in the Austin American-Statesman as Officer Matthew Jackson, fired back. 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.

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). "It's been a rough time for Meg and myself the last few weeks but we are doing ok".

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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