Alleged intruder shot, killed during break-in at southeast Charlotte business

- An alleged intruder was shot and killed by a business owner Monday morning in southeast Charlotte, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. 

The reported break-in occurred around 4:33 a.m. at the American Beauty and Garden Center located in the 440 block of East Independence Boulevard. 

Officers were called to the scene after being alerted to the break-in by an alarm company. Around the same time, a person called 911 saying he was also responding to the alarm and that he saw a man inside the store through his security camera. 

Police said this same man called back a few minutes later and explained that he had just shot someone at his business. As officers and Medic arrived on scene, they found a man behind the store who had been shot, as well as the owner of the business who admitted to shooting him. 

The intruder, identified as 20-year-old Justin Tyler Anderson, was pronounced dead on scene.

According to police, it appears the man got into the business by smashing the front glass door. When the owner arrived on scene, the man ran out of the front door and was shot by the owner at that time. The intruder then ran behind the store where he collapsed. 

This remains an ongoing, active investigation. 

Fox 46 spoke with CJ Williams who owns a fitness center in the same shopping plaza off Independence Boulevard near Sharon Amity Road.

"It was a normal morning for me until I got to the parking lot here," said Williams.

He says he saw a young man's body lying in the parking lot behind the garden center. 

"That's hard to watch or look at. You don't want to look at that. Hopefully I forget about that."

Williams says he understands defending your business, but says there's a line.

"It's like your home. This is my baby. Everything I own. My life is invested into this. I understand from that perspective, but I don't think I would have gone to those lengths to take someone's life to defend my business. I would have put that in the police's hands. I don't think I could have done that."

No word if the owner of American Beauty Garden Center will face charges.

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