A Prince George's County sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man while attempting to serve a peace order at a Riverdale home after the man displayed what appeared to be a handgun.
Sources close to the investigation said Thursday that the weapon was some sort of replica or BB gun and not an actual handgun.
The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at a home located at 6312 63rd Avenue in Riverdale, said Sharon Taylor, spokeswoman for the Office of the Sheriff. The sheriff's deputy went to the home to serve a peace order and was let inside by a woman.
As the deputy was inside the home, a man "appeared from the rear of the home and displayed a handgun," Ms. Taylor said. The deputy fired his gun, hitting the man. The man was taken to a hospital where he died.
Sheriff's officials did not identify the deputy or the man killed on Thursday, nor did they describe the nature of the peace order.
Peace orders are civil orders signed by a judge that are designed to prevent individuals from committing certain acts against others — such as contacting or visiting another person. While similar to protective orders — which are issued in domestic cases — peace orders can be issued against other parties, like neighbors or acquaintances.
The deputy involved in Wednesday's shooting has been placed on administrative leave, per department policy, as the incident is investigated, Ms. Taylor said. Prince George's County police are investigating the shooting while the Office of the Sheriff will conduct an internal investigation.
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