'Disturbed' fan 'plots death' of popular YouTube star, breaks into couple's home

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

The duo were forced to call Austin Police from the enclosed space after the man, identified as New Mexico local Christopher Giles, fired at least one round in their home in the early hours of Monday morning (local time). Austin police officer Matthew Jackson fired back and fatally injured Giles. Fox7 Austin reports that police labeled Giles "single, lonely and disturbed".

"Threatening thoughts were recorded by Giles and directed toward" the 29-year-old, KVUE reported, citing a police investigation into the fan's cellphone video.

A preliminary postmortem examination by the Travis County Medical Examiner found that Giles may have shot himself, according to the affidavit, but an official ruling on his manner of death is underway. Apparently, Giles had "developed a fondness of Turney yet resented Free for his lifestyle and success", according to the search warrant.

Free seems to have been the main target of Giles's ire, with more than a thousand notes related to him logged on the gunman's phone.

The couple hid in a closet and updated the 911 dispatcher as Giles, 23, rooted through their home looking for the pair.

The official ruling on cause of death is pending but investigators believe Giles died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
The official ruling on cause of death is pending but investigators believe Giles died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Police said Giles broke into the premises at 3:40 a.m. CT on January 26, and the incident was captured on surveillance cameras.

An Albuquerque man who died in an officer-involved shooting after breaking into a Hyde Park home last month might have died from a self-inflicted gunshot and appears to have been trying to harm a couple who are internet celebrities, according to an Albuquerque police search warrant.

Austin officers encountered Giles as he was backing out of the couple's driveway in a Lincoln sedan, the warrant says. When the deputies searched the vehicle, they found a handgun in the suspect's hand, and a New Mexico driver's license with Giles' name and photo on it. They also said nothing had been stolen from the property.

The man, who police later discovered had driven eleven hours from Albuquerque, New Mexico, turned out to be a deranged fan of Turney, a popular vlogger and video game streamer with over 340K subscribers. "Hey everyone. I just wanted to say thanks for all the support and concern regarding the recent incident", he wrote.

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