http://www.ny1.com/ny1/content/index.jsp?stid=1&aid=67691 Four Dead In Greenwich Village Shootout Two NYPD auxiliary police officers were shot and killed by a heavily-armed gunman in a volley of gunfire on the streets of Greenwich Village around nine o'clock Wednesday night, after the suspect had fatally shot a restaurant employee. Investigators say the volunteer officers â Nicholas Pekearo and Yevgeniy 'Eugene' Marshalik â as well as responding officers from the sixth precinct began chasing the suspect after he fired 15 shots at an employee at De Marco's pizzeria on West Houston Street near Macdougal, killing 35-year-old Alfredo Romaro. The suspect, identified as 32-year-old David Garvin, took off running down several streets that were crowded with people. As armed officers from the sixth precinct closed in, the unarmed auxiliary officers caught up with Garvin at Sullivan Street, where witnesses say he walked across the street and shot the unarmed uniformed men. "The policemen were over there standing in the middle of the street like this, with sparks flying and everything. It was crazy,â said a witness. Police then chased Garvin to Bleecker where they killed him in a gun battle that sent bullets flying a block away. Police say Garvin had a disguise and was armed with two semi automatic handguns and an ammo pouch with at least four additional clips loaded with more that a hundred rounds of ammunition, leading authorities to say the incident could have been even more tragic had the suspect not been stopped when he was. "This tragedy, as horrific as it was, could have been a lot worse without the actions of our brave officers," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg at an early-morning press conference at St. Vincent's Hospital, where the injured officers were pronounced dead. "He killed three unarmed individuals in quick succession and appeared to be ready to take even more lives,â said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. âWhen he turned onto Sullivan Street he encountered two of the city's unsung heroes, two New York City auxiliary police officers. They were part of the 4,500 member program whose volunteers serve without compensation as the eyes and ears of this department.â Witnesses described a chaotic scene in which people screamed and ran for cover during a barrage of 15-20 bullets outside a popular stretch of restaurants near the campus of New York University. Police closed off several blocks around the area as patrons streamed into the streets following the shootings. Nicholas Pekearo, 28, had been with the auxiliary police since 2003. Eugene Marshalik was two weeks shy of his 20th birthday. He was a student at NYU; he joined the Auxiliary Police Department 13 months ago. Pekearo and Marshalik are the sixth and seventh auxiliary officers to lose their lives in the line of duty since the program's inception. The last auxiliary officer fatality occurred in 1993. In response to the shooting lawmakers are calling for changes in the Auxiliary Police Program. Congressman Vito Fossella pledged to increase federal funding for the program to purchase bulletproof vests for the volunteer officers. Legislation to change the uniforms of this force was also drafted by Assemblyman Keith Wright. Wright says the public should not confuse the NYPD officers with the auxiliary officers, and the current uniforms make it hard to tell them apart. Meanwhile, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum called on the city to provide mandatory coverage of full funeral costs for all auxiliary officers. Currently only full-time police officers have that compensation. However, as volunteers, fallen auxiliary officers only receive up to $6,000 to cover funeral expenses. The mayor announced Thursday morning that the city will cover the cost of the funerals for both fallen officers. Wednesday night's incident was the fourth time in two days that NYPD officers have been attacked in the line of duty.