Affidavit: Hyde Park home invasion suspect's fatal wound man have been self-inflicted
Court documents from New Mexico are shedding new light on the motives of the Hyde Park home invasion suspect who died after exchanging gunfire with an Austin Police officer last month.
On Friday, Jan. 26, Christopher Eric Giles broke into a Central Austin home and fired shots inside. The occupants hid in a closet and called 911. When officers arrived, Giles was in his car and backing out of the home's driveway. They attempted to stop him, but Giles again fired his gun -- and an Austin Police officer shot at him.
Giles died at the scene. Court documents say the gunshot wound that ended his life may have been self-inflicted.
A search warrant issued in Albuquerque, New Mexico for Giles' home says he made the long drive to Austin to "cause harm" to YouTube personality Gavin Free. Investigators say he had "developed a fondness" for Megan Turney, another YouTube star. They both live at the Hyde Park home, and Giles resented Free for his lifestyle and success.
Giles' cellphone had recordings directed towards Free, one said, "I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children."
Giles lived alone at his Albuquerque apartment, court documents said, and was an avid video game player and was known for watching YouTube videos that were centered on his hobby. Police described him as lonely and disturbed.
The Austin Police Department says it's awaiting the Travis County Medical Examiner’s final written report on Giles' death.