Dutch Commando’s Shot

After being shot outside an Indianapolis hotel while not on duty, a Dutch commando passed away from his wounds. He was one of three Dutch troops injured in the early-morning Saturday shooting who were all in the US for training exercises. According to the Dutch Defense Ministry, the two more victims are conscious and in stable condition in the hospital. Police provided little information but said they suspect the shooting happened after an earlier disturbance in downtown Indianapolis.

Investigators Estimation

Simmie Poetsema has been recognized as the deceased soldier by police. The Royal Netherlands Army confirmed to the Indianapolis Star newspaper on Monday that the victim’s family was beside his bedside when he passed away from his wounds. The shooting is still under investigation by the city’s law enforcement agencies, who have not yet made any arrests.

The three soldiers were sleeping at the Hampton Inn in the city’s entertainment zone when the incident happened just before 4:00 (08:00 GMT) on Saturday. Officials believe that one or more people were involved in a previous altercation at another place in the city that led to the shooting.

The city’s mayor informed reporters on Monday that the attack might have been a drive-by shooting. Mayor Joe Hogsett stated, “From what I gather, there was a kerfuffle in a pub, and the Dutch guardsmen had returned to their hotel.”

“I’m not entirely sure what they were doing outside, but I’m informed the alleged perpetrators committed a drive-by shooting, and three people were ultimately victims of that shooting,” the author said. The Commando Corps, one of the Netherlands military’s special operations divisions, was where all three of the troops served. Officials from the Dutch defense establishment verified that the soldiers were not on duty.

According to investigators, the troops trained at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center before traveling to the state capital of Indiana after their duty day.


Indiana’s military training facility is utilized by the US Department of Defense and the armed forces of the US’s international partners. On Monday, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin talked with Dutch Minister of Defense Kajsa Ollongren to offer his “deepest sympathies.” After the call, he posted on Twitter, saying, “My prayers are with their families and teammates.”

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