By Ray Stern
By Ray Stern
By New Times
By Amy Silverman
By Stephen Lemons
By Stephen Lemons
By Monica Alonzo
By Chris Parker
"I feared Roger more than I feared Robert," says McMillen. "Once he put that gun on, he was like a vigilante."
On March 22, 2006, Cain walked into the store and was quickly confronted by Garfield, who pointed the Kel-Tec at the homeless man and told him to get out. Cain left — but returned minutes later with police officers he'd hailed off the street. Cain wanted Garfield arrested for threatening him with the gun.
When the cops asked him for an explanation, Garfield lied to police. He showed them — and Cain — a toy revolver that had been sitting around in the store. He told them that's what he'd aimed at the transient.
"I got scared," Garfield says to New Times. "I thought I was going to be arrested."
He asked McMillen, who had witnessed the entire incident, to back him up, to lie to police, if necessary. McMillen says she was relieved that the cops never asked her whether the gun Garfield had wielded was real.
Cain may have been crazy, but he wasn't stupid. He argued vehemently with police that the toy revolver wasn't the gun Garfield had pointed. But they believed Garfield. They took Cain away and charged him with civil trespassing.
As it turned out, Garfield's lie only made his situation worse.
Pam McMillen's voice grows louder as she recounts the day she saw Bobby Cain die. She points to a dark stain on the carpet near a wall support.
"That's where he fell," she says, grim-faced.
McMillen, a diminutive brunette with glasses, had been helping three customers at the register on Sunday, April 9, 2006, when she noticed Cain walking in.
Knowing the short-fused Garfield had the gun, "I just knew when I saw [Cain] that he was going to get shot that day," McMillen says.
She told him immediately that he had to leave.
"God put me on this Earth to roam," she says Cain told her. Then, he demanded to see "the man with the gun," McMillen says.
Three customers in the store got spooked and fled. But about 10 people were still inside — including Garfield's brother and sister-in-law, Todd and Pamela Garfield.
The Garfield couple had been on their way back to their Flagstaff home after a visit to the Valley when they decided to stop in the antique shop to buy a vase Pamela had spotted earlier. Their timing couldn't have been worse — they walked into the store a minute before Cain.
Todd Garfield says his brother had spoken to him previously about a crazed transient who'd been plaguing him, but this was the first time Todd had seen Cain. Todd says he saw and heard Cain ranting at McMillen at the counter, then turned as his brother came from the back of the store and shouted to Cain.
According to McMillen, Garfield loudly announced, "Here I am!"
Garfield stayed just out of range of a surveillance camera mounted inside the shop.
Samora, a hairdresser in his 70s who also leased space in the store from Garfield, heard the store owner screaming at Cain to get out and Cain yelling back that he didn't have to.
"Roger said, 'I'm going to shoot you if you don't get out,'" Samora says.
McMillen doesn't remember precisely what words were exchanged.
But Garfield says he recalls clearly what Cain said:
"Do you have your gun? If you have that gun in one hand, you better have the deed to this place in the other."
The store owner held up his gun for all to see.
Garfield says Cain then asked, "Is it loaded?"
Garfield says he popped the magazine out, then shoved it back in and racked the slide.
Whether Cain said anything that sounded like a true threat, or not, Garfield claims the man's deranged behavior and size made him fearful.
But, remember, there wasn't much of a physical mismatch. And Cain had nothing in his hands. Apart from a razor blade found later in his pocket, he carried nothing else that could have been used as a weapon. Nor did he attempt to grab any of the myriad items in the store for use as a bludgeon or missile.
Asked at the jail whether he felt Cain would have killed him with his bare hands, Garfield answers without hesitation: "Yes."
Garfield's brother, Todd, says his greatest worry was that Roger wouldn't shoot — and that Cain would grab the gun and start shooting Roger and other people in the store.
Cain continued walking toward Roger Garfield, as recorded by the video camera. All the witnesses interviewed by New Times agree: Cain advanced on Garfield even as the store owner, gun in hand, repeatedly yelled at him to leave the business.
Garfield fired three shots at point-blank range with the tiny handgun. Cain kept coming.
"I saw this little red spot on his chest, and I thought, 'This is like a BB gun!'" Garfield says. So, he fired twice more.
Cain was hit four times, including twice in the chest. An autopsy showed that the third bullet passed through Cain's outstretched arm. The fourth caught Cain just as he was turning away. (A fifth bullet not only missed Cain, but also barely missed McMillen, who was standing behind Cain at the time).