Philadelphia police were searching an area around the 2400 block of North 11th Street this afternoon after an officer fired at a suspected burglar he said was wielding a gun.

The suspected burglar was seen leaving a building near the Fairhill Apartments and was ordered to stop by the officer. Instead, according to police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore, the man displayed a gun and tried to flee in a dark blue van.

The officer fired four times, putting one bullet through the front windshield, two through the driver's side window and one into metal near the window.

The van crashed into a telephone pole at 11th and Huntington Streets, where the driver escaped on foot.

"We don't believe at this time that anybody was injured," Vanore said.

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