Armed intruder shot dead after breaking into YouTubers' home
We have known that people can become dangerously obsessed with celebrities for a long time now, but what many didn't expect is for the vloggers and internet personalities that have risen to fame over the last decade to reach this level. But, as Logan Paul goes to show, these YouTubers can have a massive and avid following, even if the content doesn't seem too appealing to outsiders.
Two veterans of this still-fairly-new industry are Megan Turney and Gavin Free, who have both seen success on the platform.
Free is best known for being one of The Slo Mo Guys, who film everything from popping popcorn to underwater bullets in slow motion, as well as his contributions to the channel Roosterteeth, particularly their Achievement Hunter gaming division. Turney also works with Roosterteeth hosting various shows, as well as being a successful model, prolific cosplayer and vlogger on YouTube.
So it's fair to say that when these two got together in 2013, they became something of a YouTube power couple. But while much of the attention is positive, their internet fame showed its dark side recently, when an armed intruder broke into their Texas home.
The man broke into their home in Austin on January 26, after driving for 11 hours from New Mexico to get there. The Albuquerque Journal reported that the couple were woken by "the sound of breaking glass and a gunshot" at 3:40 am, followed by the firing of "at least one round inside". They rushed to hide in their wardrobe and rang 911, with the police fortunately arriving on the scene shortly afterwards.
The man, later identified as Christopher Giles, was unable to find the couple so returned to his car, where he was intercepted by police. He shot at the police and they returned fire, shooting him dead less than 10 minutes after the initial call.
Giles was described as "single, lonely and disturbed by authorities, who found evidence on his phone suggesting an obsession with Turney and a hatred of her boyfriend.
"A search of Giles’ cellular phone identified various notations identifying Megan Turney and Gavin Free by name," court documents read. "Furthermore, threatening thoughts were recorded by Giles and directed toward Gavin Free, i.e., 'I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children'."
Police searched Giles' home and found that he was "an avid player of video games and was known for watching YouTube videos" and "evidence related to the planned burglary and homicides of Megan Turney and Gavin Free" was found.
Since these events went public, the couple have both offered their thanks to the fans, friends and family that have supported them during the time, as well as their deep gratitude for the Austin Police's short response time.
Thankfully, none of the officers nor the couple were injured during the incident, although both Turney and Free are likely shaken up by the traumatic experience.