When cops searched Giles' phone, they found "threatening thoughts were recorded by Giles and directed towards" Free, including "I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children", the Albuquerque Journal reports.
Austin police received a call on January 26 from a woman who said she and her boyfriend were awakened by a gunshot and the sound of breaking glass, then heard someone enter their back door and walk around. The suspect died on the scene, but according to KXAN, a pending investigation will determine whether he was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot or an officer.
"Based on the footage seen it was apparent that Giles' sole intent was to cause harm to someone who resides there", the detective wrote in the complaint.
Christopher Eric Giles allegedly broke into the YouTube stars' home in an attempt to murder the boyfriend, police said. They hid in their bedroom closet and called 911 while Giles searched their home for them.
The man, who police later discovered had driven eleven hours from Albuquerque, New Mexico, turned out to be a deranged fan of Turney, a popular vlogger and video game streamer with over 340K subscribers.
Gavin Free is the creator of the Slow Mo Guys channel on YouTube along with Daniel Gruchy; the duo created a YouTube ad-supported original series that launched last month. One of the officers, identified in the Austin American-Statesman as Officer Matthew Jackson, fired back.
The search warrant also revealed notes Giles wrote in his phone that provided more insight into his motives. Moments later, police said they found Giles dead.
Investigators later found that Giles had "developed a fondness" for 30-year-old Turney, but despised Free. As he was backing his auto out of the driveway, Austin Police Department officers arrived and ordered him to stop and leave the vehicle. It seems like he envied Free's aspirational lifestyle and his romantic relationship with Turney.
The couple thanked their social media following for their support over the incident.
"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".