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Man arrested in deadly shooting of Dutch soldier outside Indianapolis hotel

One of three commandos from the Netherlands, in Indiana for training, died after the downtown shooting early Saturday.

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

Shamar Duncan, 22, was arrested Tuesday in the shooting, which happened downtown about 4 a.m. Saturday, police said. Officials did not release any more details about a suspected motive.

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

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

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

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The Hampton Inn, in Ind., on Aug. 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 have said.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office did not immediately reply to a request for comment, and it is not clear whether prosecutors have made a charging decision.

It was not clear whether Duncan had an attorney who could comment on his behalf. A phone number for anyone associated with him was not immediately found in public records.

Indianapolis police have not released many details about the circumstances before the shooting, and they did not respond to a request for more details Tuesday evening, including whether anyone else was being sought.

Dutch Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the shooting was upsetting.

“We do many trainings of our servicemen in the United States, and we really don’t expect this to happen. So it’s very, very concerning for us,” she said at a meeting of European Union defense ministers in Prague.

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