An armed man drove 11 hours to break into the home of two YouTube personalities, forcing them to hide in a closet until police arrived and shot the home invader dead.
A New Mexico man was shot to death after police say he drove more over 10 hours last month and broke into the home of a famous Texas YouTube couple.
When he couldn't find the couple, Giles left, encountering Austin Police Department officers on his way out. Giles was found dead in his vehicle by the authorities, after a shootout with police as he tried to leave the couple's driveway. Giles died from injuries, but the medical examiner has not officially determined whether he died from police gunfire or a self-inflicted wound. Instead, police say they heard a single shot coming from the vehicle. He was apparently jealous of Free, creator of the popular YouTube series The Slow Mo Guys, and resented him for his lifestyle and success.
Police found several notes in Giles' phone referring to Ms Turney and her boyfriend Mr Free by name. Free and Turney were reportedly hiding inside of a closet and were on the phone with 911, while the attacker was inside the house.
Turney, 30, called police around 3:40 a.m. that morning to report that she and Free, 29, were awakened by the sound of a gunshot and broken glass, the outlet reports. When Giles fired his gun, an officer returned fire.
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"I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children", said one note.
They also found evidence that Giles had been planning the "burglary and homicides of Megan Turney and Gavin Free" at his home.
Armed with the warrant, police searched Giles' house on January 29 and seized two cellphones, a laptop, two tablets and an Xbox gaming system, Albuquerque court documents show. An affidavit obtained by the Albuquerque Journal described Giles as "an avid player of video games and was known for watching YouTube videos that were centered on his hobby". They said security footage shows him searching the home for the residents, a gun in his hand.
Free and Turney did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but both tweeted about the incident this week. "I want to give a huge thanks to Austin police for the unbelievable response time".