Shamar Duncan, Indianapolis shooting suspect, arrested, police say

Shamar Duncan, Indianapolis shooting suspect, arrested, police say

A man has been arrested in connection with the shooting by three Dutch soldiers outside an Indianapolis hotel on Saturday that left one soldier dead and two others wounded, police said.

Shamar Duncan, 22, was taken into custody by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Tuesday afternoon, the department said in a news release.

The three Royal Netherlands Army soldiers were shot outside a Hampton Inn early Saturday and taken to hospital, authorities said at the time. One of the victims, later identified as Simmie Poetsema, was in critical condition and died on Sunday, Dutch officials said.

The other two soldiers suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said. They have not been identified by authorities.

The soldiers, members of the Commando Corps, were staying at the hotel while in Indiana as part of a training exercise, according to the Dutch Defense Ministry.

Duncan was arrested for murder, but the police department said it will decide on his final charges after reviewing the case, noting that additional charges may be filed. Police did not specify where the suspect was held or a possible motive, but previously attributed Saturday’s shooting to a “disturbance” between the victims and the suspect.

During the investigation, Indianapolis detectives spoke with multiple people and obtained video related to the investigation, the department said.

“IMPD has been in communication with various agencies within the United States and the Netherlands to coordinate the arrival of family members in Indianapolis and the return of victims to the Netherlands,” police said in a statement Monday.

The soldiers had been training at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, a 1,000-acre complex southeast of Indianapolis that is being used for training by the Department of Defense “as well as other allies,” the Indiana National Guard told.

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