Warrant: Man in fatal shooting might have targeted YouTube stars

Gavin Free Megan Turney YouTube

According to a police report, the "single, lonely and disturbed" man from neighbouring New Mexico drove 11 hours to reach the couple's home.

An armed New Mexico man broke into the house of YouTubers Megan Turney and Gavin Free last month, forcing the couple to hide in their closet and await police. A gun was allegedly fired from Giles' vehicle, leading to officers returning 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 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 determined "it was apparent that Giles' sole intent was to cause harm to someone who resides there", KVUE reported.

Free and Turney have not responded to interview requests about the incident, but both have tweeted to assure their fans that they're doing OK and thank Austin police for their response. He was apparently jealous of Free, creator of the popular YouTube series The Slow Mo Guys, and resented him for his lifestyle and success.

"Notes on Giles" phone suggest he had "developed a fondness of Turney".

She said the intruder broke into the home through the back door and was walking around while the couple hid in the master bedroom closet. When Giles fired his gun, an officer returned fire.

Court documents stated: "Threatening thoughts were recorded by Giles and directed toward Gavin Free, i.e., 'I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children'".

Gavin Free and Meg Turney. Giles was pronounced dead at the scene with a.45 caliber handgun by his side. They said security footage shows him searching the home for the residents, a gun in his hand.

The couple were said to have taken refuge in the cupboard while the intruder searched the house.

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).

"Hey everyone. I just wanted to say thanks for all the support and concern regarding the recent incident", Mr Free wrote on Twitter.

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