'Obsessed' fan dead after breaking into YouTube couple's home

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A "disturbed fan" armed with a gun entered the home of a celebrity YouTube couple before firing at least one shot, police said.

The intruder was allegedly attempting to murder Slow Mo Guys creator Gavin Free, who is in a long-term relationship with fellow US YouTuber and cosplayer Meg Turney - a woman Giles had allegedly "developed a fondness" for. A gun was allegedly fired from Giles' vehicle, leading to officers returning fire.

Giles left when he couldn't locate the couple, only to find Austin police officers waiting for him.

A spokeswoman for the Austin Police Department said the case is under investigation and she could not answer any additional questions about it. Giles was killed, and the Travis County medical examiner has not determined whether the wound was self-inflicted. Police described Giles as a "single, lonely and disturbed" person.

Mr Free has since tweeted his thanks to the Austin police for their quick response.

The search warrant also revealed notes Giles wrote in his phone that provided more insight into his motives.

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

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According to newly released New Mexico court documents, it all started on January 26, when Meg and Gav were awakened at around 3:40 a.m.by the sounds of a gunshot and glass breaking.

The couple were said to have taken refuge in the cupboard while the intruder searched the house. When Giles fired his gun, an officer returned fire. Security footage from the house shows Giles carrying a.45 caliber firearm.

Further, police said that "threatening thoughts were recorded by Giles and directed toward" Gavin Free on the suspect's cellphone, with messages such as, "I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children".

Austin authorities indicated that "it was apparent that Giles' sole intent was to cause harm to someone who resides there".

"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", a detective wrote in the affidavit.

"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 hard time".