YouTube stars survive home invasion by armed fan

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Popular YouTubers Megan Turney and Gavin Free managed to hide in a closet and escape injury after a crazed fan invaded their home and fired at least one shot inside it.

The ordeal took place on January 26 at the couple’s house in Austin, Texas, after Christopher Giles drove for 11 hours, from his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Turney and Free were woken at 3.40am by: “The sound of breaking glass and a gunshot.” They managed to hide in a closet and call the police.

According to a report in The Albuquerque Journal, police described Giles as: “Single, lonely and disturbed,” and said he had become infatuated with Turney via her YouTube videos.

After failing to locate Free and Turney, Giles returned to his car and attempted to drive off. However, by then, Austin Police had arrived at the scene, and Giles was shot dead in his car (initial reports suggested he shot himself, but it has now emerged that he was killed by a police bullet). Austin Police say Giles opened fire on them after being ordered to stop his car, and he was killed when they fired back.

According to The Albuquerque Journal, an Austin detective asserted in court documents that: “A search of Giles’ cellular phone identified various notations identifying Megan Turney and Gavin Free by name. Furthermore, threatening thoughts were recorded by Giles and directed toward Gavin Free, ie, ‘I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children.’”

Turney is known as a cosplayer, and is a former Rooster Teeth host, while Free is the creator of The Slow Mo Guys and also appears on Rooster Teeth. Although undoubtedly shaken, both managed to emerge from the ordeal unscathed, thanks, it seems, to their quick reaction to the home invasion.