The report claims that Giles, “an avid gamer and known for watching YouTube videos that focused on his hobby,” had “developed a fondness” for Turney and a simultaneous resentment towards Free, his boyfriend. “A search of Giles’ cell phone identified several entries identifying meg turney reddit and Gavin Free by name,” court documents filed by the police state.
Giles broke into his home around 3:40 a.m. on January 26, firing at least one shot in the process. The police ordered him to stop, but apparently he heard a single shot from inside the car. Subsequently, one of the two officers at the scene fired at the car; Later, Giles was found dead in the car with a .45 caliber pistol next to him. A preliminary examination indicated that he committed suicide, but that sentence is not yet official.
“From the [security camera] footage seen, it was clear that Giles’ sole intention was to harm someone who resides there,” the court documents say.
Escalation of Invasive
The incident illustrates the escalation of invasive and often violent interactions between prominent online gaming personalities and their audience, which has also seen multiple ‘crushing’ incidents in 2017 among the gaming community.
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. At the time of publication, neither Free nor Turney had issued a public statement.