Posted on August 31, 2022

Police Arrest Man in Connection to Fatal Indianapolis Shooting of Dutch Soldier

Phyllis Cha, Indianapolis Star, August 30, 2022

Police have arrested a suspect in connection to the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Dutch soldier, Simmie Poetsema, according to a news release issued Tuesday evening.

Poetsema was killed Saturday during a downtown Indianapolis shooting. He was visiting the city on his day off from training at a facility in southeast Indiana, according to a spokesperson for the Royal Netherlands Army.

The shooting occurred around 3:30 a.m. outside the hotel where the soldiers were staying in the 100 block of South Meridian Street near the center of Indianapolis.

Police believe a disturbance between the three military members and another person or people led to the shooting, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

On Tuesday, police identified Shamar Duncan, 22, as a suspect in the fatal shooting and arrested him on a preliminary charge of murder.


One man was killed and two other men were injured in a shooting in the 100 block of South Meridian Street that occurred on August 27, 2022. {snip}