Store owner charged for shooting, killing alleged intruder at Charlotte business

Published: Aug. 9, 2018 at 6:50 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 10, 2018 at 2:00 PM EDT
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Alan Brett Corder is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of Justin Anderson.
Alan Brett Corder is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of Justin Anderson.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A business owner who allegedly shot and killed a man reportedly breaking into his southeast Charlotte shop early Monday morning has been charged in the man's death.

Alan Brett Corder, 49, is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of 20-year-old Justin Anderson.

Police say he was arrested at his place of business on Thursday.

WBTV was there when Corder was taken to CMPD Headquarters for questioning.

The break-in was reported by an alarm company around 4:33 a.m. at the American Beauty and Garden Center in the 4400 block of E. Independence Boulevard. Around the same time, a man called 911 saying that he spotted an intruder in the business on a security camera.

The man called back shortly after and told the 911 operator that he just shot someone at the store.

Police say they arrived to find the alleged intruder, identified as Anderson, shot behind the business. Medic pronounced him dead at the scene.

CMPD says it appears Anderson entered the business by smashing the front glass window. When Corder arrived, Anderson reportedly ran out of the front door before he was shot. He then ran behind the business.

At this point, it is not clear if Anderson was armed or where exactly he was shot.

Thursday evening, attorney Justin Bamberg, who represented the family of Keith Lamont Scott, put a post on Facebook stating he was representing Anderson's family.

Bamberg spoke to WBTV in a phone interview Thursday night. He described Justin Anderson as 'a young man who made a bad decision', and said the 20-year-old leaves behind a girlfriend and an infant child. He said the past few days have been hard for Anderson's family.

"They have to live with the fact that Justin went out there that morning, but they also have to live with the fact that he's not coming back and did not deserve to die," said Bamberg.

The attorney said he is a supporter of the second amendment, but thinks citizens need to know when and where they can use weapons.

"You cannot just kill another person over property and property alone. You can't do that," explained Bamberg.

Bamberg said Anderson's family was relieved to learn that Corder had been charged, but they won't be fully satisfied until they get a guilty plea or guilty verdict in the case. The attorney knows there will be two sides in the case. He offered up a statement for those who may support Corder's alleged use of force.

"I would just urge them to think about one simple concept. Is the front door to this man's store worth Justin's life?" questioned the attorney.

WBTV went to Corder's business Thursday night for comment on the situation, but it appeared to be closed for the evening. It is unclear if Corder has sought representation.

Corder's lawyer showed up in court Friday. His next court date is August 27.

Officials are asking anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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