Maryland man faces criminal charge after fatal shooting incident

A 22-year-old was recently arrested after a violent incident in District Heights. Maryland police suspect the man shot and fatally wounded a 32-year-old man who lived in the area. The accused man faces the criminal charge of first-degree murder due to the accusations.

According to the police report, at around 9:35 p.m., officers responded to a call pertaining to a supposed shooting in the area. When the responding officers got to the scene, they found a man suffering from what they determined to be a gunshot wound. However, despite the seriousness of his injury, the man was still alive. The officers were able to ask the man a few questions about the situation.

The victim was supposedly able to give the officers a description of his attacker, and the victim also purportedly pointed the officers in the direction that the man ran. The victim tragically died shortly after arriving at a hospital. The police say that they were able to use the information that the victim gave them to find the suspect and arrest him. The police hypothesize that the incident occurred over drugs.

The man is currently in police custody under the criminal charge of first-degree murder. However, the only evidence the report seems to indicate that Maryland police potentially have against the man is the testimony of the victim. In the event that the prosecution decides to move the man’s case forward, more evidence will likely be necessary. The prosecution must be able to prove that the man is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, which can be a difficult feat.

Source:, Police say Omar Anthony Smith shot and killed Lyndell Lorenzo Sowells, Greg Cohen, Dec. 30, 2013

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