Man arrested in fatal shooting of Dutch soldier outside Indianapolis hotel

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in the Indianapolis shooting that killed a Dutch commando and injured two others, police said Tuesday.

Shamar Duncan, 22, was arrested Tuesday in the shooting that occurred downtown around 4 a.m. Saturday, police said. Officials did not release further details of an alleged motive.

Investigators believe there was some sort of disturbance between the victims and a suspect or suspects before the shooting, police said.

The Dutch soldiers, members of the Commando Corps, were in Indiana for training. They were shot outside their hotel while off duty, according to the Dutch Ministry of Defense said.

The Indiana National Guard said the soldiers were training at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR reported. The 1,000-acre facility sits about 60 miles southeast of Indianapolis, near Butlerville.

The Hampton Inn, Indiana, August 29, 2022.Darron Cummings/AP

The Marion County coroner identified the person who was killed as Simmie Poetsema, according to police. The others suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The Marion County prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and it is unclear whether prosecutors have made a charging decision.

It was unclear if Duncan had an attorney who could comment on his behalf. The phone number of anyone associated with him was not immediately found in public records.

Indianapolis police did not release many details about the circumstances before the shooting, and they did not respond to a request for more details Tuesday night, including whether anyone else was wanted.

Kajsa Ollongren, Dutch Minister of Defense told the Associated Press Tuesday that the shooting was heartbreaking.

“We do a lot of training of our military in the United States, and we really don’t expect that to happen. So it’s very, very worrying for us,” she told a meeting of European Union defense ministers in Prague.

She told the AP that US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin contacted her on Monday “to express his regrets and condolences.”

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