Keith Ratliff, a self-professed “gun nut” and weapons manager for the hugely popular FPSRussia YouTube channel, was found dead on his home/business property near Hayes Road and Highway 320 in Carnesville, Georgia. A homicide case is still ongoing for the death of Ratcliff, conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Anyone who has access to any information regarding this case is urged to contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation tipline at 1-800-282-8746.
Here’s what you should know about Keith Ratliff and his murder case:
1. Ratliff Died of a Single Gunshot Wound
According to Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas, Ratliff died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Sheriff Thomas said his deputies found Ratliff inside his office last Thursday after responding to a 911 call. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is treating the case as a homicide. No specific weapon has been identified in the murder case thus far. Mike Ayers of the GBI told FoxNews.com that “Ratliff did sustain a gunshot wound that was not self-inflicted.”
Levi Fox, a neighbor, told MyFoxAtlanta.com that he couldn’t fathom Ratliff being shot to death. He also spoke about his interaction with Keith:
They’d come over and talk to us and shoot off some guns. We’d both show off a little, show what we had. He just takes really big guns and blows stuff up with them…shoots them and introduces a lot of people to new types of guns.
2. He Was Surrounded By Numerous Weapons at the Crime Scene
GBI agents told WSB-TV that several guns were found at the crime scene. They also noted that some of the weapons were made by Ratliff himself, while others weren’t. The GBI agents noted that they aren’t sure if any of the weapons found at the crime scene were used to kill Ratliff.
3. His Death is Not Being Treated as a Robbery
The investigation into Ratliff’s death is still being processed. However, Daily Mail noted that investigators have ruled out robbery as a motive for the slaying. The presence of valuable weapons remaining at the scene supports the theory that this was not a robbery.
4. He Helped Produce One of World’s Most Popular YouTube Channels
Ratliff helped run the FPSRussia YouTube channel alongside Kyle Myers and Kitty Wandel. The channel, which has 3,457,077 subscribers and 537,407,495 video views, showcases firearms and video game-themed weapon scenarios. It’s the ninth-most popular YouTube channel.
5. He Believed All Americans Should Have Access to Assault Weapons
Ratliff was an advocate for all Americans having access to guns, including assault weaponry. He posted a YouTube video rant on gun control and the president’s vow to ban all magazine fed armory.
6. He “Prayed Someone Would Pull A Batman”
I went to the movies with my pistol in my pocket the whole time I was praying that somebody would try to pull a Batman! #ccw
— Keith Ratliff (@keithratliff) August 12, 2012
Ratliff posted a tweet that alluded to him being prepared for a similar situation to the Aurora theater shooting incident. Ratliff used his Twitter profile to express his thoughts on guns and promote his YouTube channel.
7. He Also Had His Own YouTube Channel
Ratliff had a YouTube channel titled kydivemaster. His channel included videos of him using all types of different guns, as well as instructional videos on crafting gun equipment. The video above shows Ratliff shooting a suppressed Smith and Wesson M&P 1522 Rifle.
8. He Built His Own Guns
Ratliff crafted his own weaponry, which were showcased on his YouTube channel and seen at his business by investigators.
9. He Owned A Firearms Business
As reported by WJR 760 AM, Ratliff owned a firearms business called FPS Industries near Carnesville, Georgia. A LinkedIn profile page for Ratliff listed the company under his name.
10. He Leaves Behind a Family
Ratliff is survived by his wife Amanda and a 2-year-old son. His immediate and extended family live in Frankfort, Kentucky.