Alan Corder of Charlotte, North Carolina, is being charged with voluntary manslaughter after he recently shot and killed 20-year-old Justin Anderson, who had broken into his small garden supply store. Now, 9-1-1 recordings have been released that might help us understand what happened and why he’s being charged.
As we reported when this story first came out, the chronology of the incident is:
Alan Corder saw a robber break into his store from a monitor in his home. He called the police to report the intruder. The police also received an alert from an alarm monitoring service.
A few minutes later, Corder called the police again and told the dispatcher that he had shot an intruder in the store. The suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Justin Anderson, was pronounced dead when the officers arrived on the scene.
According to police, Anderson had smashed through the front glass window to get inside. When the store owner arrived, the burglar ran out of the front door and was shot. He was found by cops behind the building.
Watch the video below to hear the three corresponding 9-1-1 calls (we also transcribed them below).
Call #1: Alan Corder
CORDER: “I need police at my business. There’s somebody broke into my store.”
DISPATCHER: “What’s the name of the business?”
C.: “There’s somebody in there right now.”
DISPATCHER: “I understand. What’s the name of the business?”
C.: “American Beauty Garden Center.”
DISPATCHER: “Are you there?”
C.: “No, I’m on my way there.”
DISPATCHER: “It would be best for you to wait until the police get there, and not to approach the building until they get there to identify yourself.”
C.: “We’ll see what happens when I get there.”
DISPATCHER: “Are you armed? Do you have a weapon?”
C.: “I do have a weapon.”
Call #2: CPI Security Representative
A CPI security representative was also on the phone with a 9-1-1 operator at the same time, saying, “Looks like he’s looking around for something. Actually, he has a cart of stuff.”
A few moments later, the CPI caller said, “Somebody in a car just pulled up. Oh, it’s an officer. Looks like he has a weapon drawn… actually, I don’t know if that’s an officer.”
Call #3: Alan Corder
This call occurred five minutes after Corder’s first call.
DISPATCHER : “Is everything ok?”
CORDER: “He just ran out of the store, ran at me. I shot at him like three or four times. I think I may have hit him.”
DISPATCHER: “You shot at him?”
C.: “Yes, I did. I pulled up in front of the building, he came running out of the door straight at me.”
Moments after call #3, while Corder was still on the phone with the dispatcher, police arrived at the scene. What would you have done in this situation? Was this shooting justified?