A Ford truck is towed from the scene of a homicide that occured in the parking lot of the Home Depot on Willow Street on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in Lafayette.

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE --

A vehicle owner shot and killed a would-be thief around 9 a.m. Thursday while parked outside a business on Evangeline Thruway, according to Lafayette Police.

The man who was fatally shot had been trying to steal the vehicle while the owner was “preoccupied” outside of the vehicle at the business in the 1700 block of Evangeline Thruway, police said. The two then “engaged in a violent struggle,” police said, that ended when the owner fatally shot the other man.

Police detained the owner at the scene and later determined the death a justifiable homicide. No charges have been filed.

Lafayette police were focusing their attention around 11 a.m. on a four-door Ford pickup in the rear parking lot of Home Depot that appeared to have been driven onto a grassy curb separating the parking lot from Northgate Drive.

An investigator handed personal belongings from the truck to a man standing behind yellow crime tape. Asked what had happened, the man pointed to investigators without saying anything further.

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