Three Dutch Soldiers Shot and One Killed in Indianapolis

Dutch soldier shot in Indianapolis dies of his injuries – The Associated Press

A Dutch soldier was shot in Indianapolis over the weekend.  He later succumbed to his injuries and passed away.  According to a statement made by the Dutch Defense Ministry, he was “surrounded by family and colleagues.”

He was one of three dutch soldiers visiting Indianapolis during their downtime.  According to the ministry, the other two soldiers were also shot and are “conscious and able to speak.”

The shootings occurred around 3:30 am early Saturday morning, outside a hotel they were staying at.  According to Indianapolis police, they believe that the shooting took place after the three soldiers argued with another person or persons.

The victim was identified as Simmie Poetsema, 26, according to the Marion County coroner’s office in Indianapolis.

The soldiers are with the Commando Corps, a special forces unit of the Royal Netherlands Army.  The National Guard stated that the soldiers were training in the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Indiana.  The Department Of Defense and other allies use this facility for training purposes.

No further details have been released, and this is an ongoing investigation.

For more coverage on this story, please see additional news sources below:

  1. Dutch soldier shot in Indianapolis dies of his injuries  The Associated Press
  2. 1 of the 3 Dutch soldiers wounded in a shooting outside an Indianapolis hotel has died  CNN
  3. Dutch soldier dies from downtown Indianapolis shooting  FOX59 News
  4. Dutch soldiers shot in Indianapolis visiting from training facility  IndyStar
  5. One of 3 Dutch soldiers shot outside hotel in Indianapolis dies  Fox News