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911 Operator Advised Garden Store Owner Not To Respond To Break-in

American Beauty Garden Center

A 911 operator told a Charlotte garden store owner to stay away from his store until police responded to the break-in.  

“We’ll see what happens when I get there,” replied Alan Corder.

CMPD released the 911 recordings Tuesday regarding the fatal incident at American Beauty Garden Center off Independence Boulevard on Aug. 6.

In the first recording, Corder tells the operator he’s on his way to the store, after seeing a break in on his security camera. Corder calls back six minutes later.

"He just ran out of the store, ran at me, I shot at him 3 or 4 times. I think I may have hit him," Corder said. 

Corder doesn’t say on the recording if the intruder has a gun.


Excerpts of Corder's 911 calls.

When officers arrived they found Justin Anderson, 20, behind the store. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Corder was indicted on a voluntary manslaughter charge Monday.

In North Carolina, 911 recordings are public record. CMPD had requested the audio not be released because the department’s lawyers argued it could prejudice potential jurors. Last week, a judge ordered it be released after the grand jury convened.