By Rocco Parascandola
Newsday (New York)
Read News Report: Officers fatally shot; NYPD says they helped avoid more bloodshed 03/16/2007
NEW YORK — In the sad tale of two police auxiliary officers slain in Greenwich Village two months ago, a heartbreaking twist has come to light. Gunman David Garvin was nearly shot by police before he opened fire on the first officer, Nicholas Pekearo, Newsday has learned.
The chilling surveillance video that captured the bloodshed of March 14 - widely televised afterward - shows an officer firing at Garvin after the gunman had killed Pekearo and just before he took the life of Auxiliary Officer Eugene Marshalik.
New York City police officers salute as the coffin of auxiliary officer Nicholas Todd Pekearo, is given an inspector's funeral, Saturday, March 17, 2007, in New York. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
It turns out, though, that at least one officer shot at Garvin just before Garvin fired at Pekearo, police sources said.