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

YouTube celebrity couple targeted by 'disturbed' gunman who broke into their home with 'intent to harm'

ABQ man targeted YouTube celebrities

Texas police have said a "disturbed fan" broke into the home of a YouTube celebrity couple armed with a gun and fired at least one shot inside the home.

The intruder was allegedly attempting to murder Slow Mo Guys creator Gavin Free, who is in a long-term relationship with fellow US YouTuber and cosplayer Meg Turney - a woman Giles had allegedly "developed a fondness" for. The officers announced their presence, heard a single gunshot come from the vehicle and returned fire.

When Austin police arrived, they had a brief altercation with Giles in the driveway. No available records say what they found on those electronics, and Albuquerque and Austin police declined to comment on the case.

Giles was killed, though authorities are still unclear whether his fatal gunshot wound was self-inflicted. They say they expect to find "evidence related to the planned burglary and homicide" and describe him as an avid YouTube viewer who was "single, lonely and disturbed".

Mr Free has since tweeted his thanks to the Austin police for their quick response.

Police later found cell phone recordings made by Giles in which he made clear his obsession with Meg and hatred of her boyfriend.

Meg called the police, telling them she and her boyfriend could hear the intruder from where they were hiding inside a closet.

By 3:40 a.m. on January 26, Giles had arrived at the couple's Hyde Park house, just over a mile north of the University of Texas campus, and had woken them up with the sound of a gunshot and breaking glass, according to KXAN. When Giles fired his gun, an officer returned fire. Giles was pronounced dead at the scene with a.45 caliber handgun by his side. At least one round was sacked in the house as he searched the house. "A search of Giles' cellular phone identified various notations identifying Megan Turney and Gavin Free by name", the documents read.

Austin authorities indicated that "it was apparent that Giles' sole intent was to cause harm to someone who resides there".

"Thanks for all the support and concern regarding the recent incident", Free wrote Monday on Twitter. "I want to give a huge thanks to Austin police for the fantastic response time".

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