Armed man killed after breaking into gaming YouTubers' home

Jay Janner

Police said they discovered recorded threatening thoughts from Giles on his mobile phone, in which he said he wanted Free to die without any children.

But part of that investigation includes assistance from homicide detectives with the Albuquerque Police Department who served a search warrant on Giles' Northwest Albuquerque apartment a couple of days after the shooting.

Christopher Eric Giles, 23, of Albuquerque, N.M. He fired a gun both inside and outside the home while the couple hid in a closet, but Free and Turney were not injured, Austin police have said.

A YouTube couple's home was broken into by an armed man who was obsessed with the internet stars. Christopher Giles drove 11 hours from Albuquerque to the couple's home in Austin, Texas, and his "sole intent was to cause harm to someone who resides there", according to a search warrant obtained by KXAN. Turney and Free were not harmed.

Free has since posted a tweet on behalf of himself and Turney expressing their gratitude to their hordes of fans and police in the aftermath of the attack.

Her British boyfriend, 29, co-hosts a YouTube video series of slow-motion videos entitled The Slow Mo Guys.

When Austin Police Officers arrived at the address, they saw a dark colored Lincoln sedan back out of the driveway before a shot was sacked from inside. One of the officers, identified in the Austin American-Statesman as Officer Matthew Jackson, fired back.




Giles is accused of breaking into Turney's and Free's house in the 4500 block of Avenue G on January 26.

The Travis County Medical Examiner's Office's preliminary findings suggest that the fatal gunshot sustained by Giles may have been self-inflicted. Fox7 Austin reports that police labeled Giles "single, lonely and disturbed". They said security footage shows him searching the home for the residents, a gun in his hand. Apparently, Giles had "developed a fondness of Turney yet resented Free for his lifestyle and success", according to the search warrant.

Albuquerque detectives said Giles lived alone, and often played video games and watched YouTube videos.

The couple thanked their social media following for their support over the incident.

"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 incredible response time".

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