Officer's weapon discharges at suspected burglar in Lawndale

May 16, 2013 10:03:50 AM PDT
A police officer's weapon accidentally discharged at a suspected burglar in the Lawndale section of Philadelphia early Thursday morning.

The incident happened around 4:00 a.m. on the 6300 block of Palmetto Street.

Action News has learned that residents heard a break-in inside a backyard shed and called two neighboring off-duty officers who live in the area.

The officers discovered the suspect taking items from the shed - a generator, a saw and a weed whacker.

The officers yelled "police activity" and the suspect fled.

Officials say one of the officers' gun accidentally dischargedm but the suspect was not hit.

Police called out a K-9 unit to try and track the suspect down. So far, there is no word on an arrest.