YouTubers Gavin Free and Meg Turney forced to hide in closet as armed, deranged fan breaks in to their home

YouTubers Gavin Free and Meg Turney forced to hide in closet as armed, deranged fan breaks in to their home

In a horrifying turn of events, two popular content creators were forced to hide in a closet as a deranged fan armed with a gun broke in to their home last month.

A report from the Alberquerque Journal details how Christopher Giles drove 11 hours from the New Mexico city to Free and Turney's home in Austin, TX, with the intent of causing harm.

Giles broke in to the house around 3:26am, firing at least one shot in the process. After failing to find the pair, he attempted to leave but was blocked as he was backing out of the driveway.

Police ordered him to stop, but reportedly heard a single gunshot from inside the car. One of two officers on the scene subsequently shot at the car; Giles was later found dead in the car with a .45 caliber handgun beside him.

A preliminary examination indicated that he committed suicide, but that ruling is not yet official.

Don't blame the game

The report states that Giles, "an avid player of videogames and was known for watching YouTube videos that were centered on his hobby," had "developed a fondness" for Turney, and a simultaneous resentment of Free, her boyfriend.

"Based on the [security camera] footage seen it was apparent that Giles’ sole intent was to cause harm to someone who resides there," the court documents say.

"Based upon the known circumstances and investigative findings, your affiant is led to believe that evidence related to the planned burglary and homicides of Megan Turney and Gavin Free will be found." Giles' cellphone contained evidence including "more than 1000 notes" about Free and Turney.

Gavin Free is the former creative director of Rooster Teeth, and also the creator and co-host of The Slow Mo Guys series on YouTube.

Turney joined Rooster Teeth in 2014, streams regularly on Twitch, and is also well known as a cosplayer. 

The pair have since tweeted about the ordeal, thanking their fans and the Austin police department for their support. 

Influencer Editor

Danielle Partis is Editor of She was previously the lead content creator for TeamRock Games, as well as contributing to outlets such as Metal Hammer, both online and in-print. Prior to that, Danielle worked as a freelance PR consultant and freelance journalist for a number of outlets.


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