Gavin Free of The Slow Mo Guys and his girlfriend, streamer and cosplayer Meg Turney, had their house broken into by a “disturbed” gunman.
Gavin and Meg were awoken in their Austin, Texas home in the early hours of 26 January by smashing glass and a gunshot, according to a police report. The two were forced to hide in a closet and call 911.
The intruder, Christopher Giles, was described as “single, lonely, and disturbed”, had developed an obsession with Meg, and had travelled 11 hours from his residence in New Mexico to the couple’s home.
The suspect had also developed a hatred of Gavin and a search found that he had recorded over a thousand threatening messages including wanting Gavin to “die alone with no children”, as reported by The Albuquerque Journal.
Austin Police arrived at the scene ten minutes after the 911 call was made, and found the intruder had already vacated the house.
Police opened fire on the suspect after a gunshot was heard from his car, and he was found dead inside. However, a report from the medical examiner suggests that his death was self-inflicted.
Both Gavin and Meg were unharmed during the incident and have released statements on Twitter:
Hey everyone. I just wanted to say thanks for all the support and concern regarding the recent incident. It’s been a rough time for Meg and myself the last few weeks but we are doing ok. I want to give a huge thanks to @Austin_Police for the amazing response time. ❤️ you all.
— Gavin Free (@GavinFree) February 13, 2018
Thank y’all so, so much for each and every kind message today and a special thank you to the @Austin_Police for their quick response that night and their ongoing support during this difficult time. Heart you guys so much. ♥️
— Meg Turney (@megturney) February 13, 2018
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