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This story was updated 10:05 a.m., Nov. 16, 2012.

The Prince George’s County sheriff’s office said a man who was fatally shot Nov. 14 by a deputy attempting to serve a peace order was holding a replica handgun.

According to the sheriff’s office, 10-year veteran deputy sheriff Paul Perriello shot and killed Franklin H. Sweeney Jr., 39, after Perriello saw him holding what looked to be a handgun in the rear of the Riverdale residence, officials said.

The incident occurred at about 7:30 p.m. at a home in the 6300 block of 63rd Avenue, said Capt. Nancy Ridgley, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman.

Ridgley said Perriello had gone to the house to serve a temporary protective order between Sweeney and another individual when a woman answered the door and let the deputy inside.

“While he was talking with the female subject, the male appeared from the rear of the residence displaying a firearm. The deputy discharged the service weapon,” Ridgley said.

The number of shots fired and nature of Sweeney’s actions during the incident have not yet been released, Ridgley said.

Sweeney was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:20 p.m.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies had already made four unsuccessful attempts at the residence to serve the peace order, which was handed down by the Prince George’s district court Nov. 8.

Perriello has been placed on administrative leave per department protocol for deputy-involved shootings as the sheriff’s department. Prince George’s County police investigate the incident.

The phone number for the residence where the incident took place was not working Friday.

djgross@gazette.net