Omar Anthony Smith, 22, of the 7100 block of Marbury Court in District Heights, has been arrested in the slaying of a District Heights man on Dec. 28.

According to police, Lyndell Lorenzo Sowells, 32, of the 7000 block of Marbury Court in District Heights was shot multiple times just before 9:30 p.m. in the 6700 block of District Heights Parkway. Patrol officers who responded to calls reporting shots fired found Sowells gravely injured. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The victim was able to provide a description of the suspect who shot him and the direction where he had run. The information was broadcast and a short time later, a patrol officer saw a man matching Sowells’ description running along a fence behind some homes in the area.

The officer was able to stop and arrest the suspect, later identified as Omar Smith. The officer then retraced Smith’s path and found a black handgun in a fence. Smith allegedly admitted to police that he shot Sowells, according to the police department’s blog.

“The preliminary investigation reveals the shooting was drug-related,” the blog said.

Smith is charged with first degree murder and is held in the Prince George’s County jail in Upper Marlboro.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to and submit a tip online. A reward of up to $25,000 is offered to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.