Sadly, one of the three Dutch soldiers shot outside an Indianapolis hotel has passed away.
The Dutch Ministry of Defense confirmed on Sunday night that a Dutch soldier who had been shot together with two others at a hotel in Indianapolis during the weekend had died.
According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the soldier was Dutch Commando Corps member Simmie Poetsema. When the incident happened early Saturday, he was in critical condition.
The ministry statement also noted that the situations of the two other service members have not altered. They are fully alert and able to communicate.
The authorities have stated that they are in contact with various organizations in the United States and the Netherlands to facilitate the transportation of the soldiers’ families to Indianapolis.
According to reports, the incident happened just outside the hotel where the soldiers were staying at around 4:00 a.m. while they were in Indiana for a training exercise.
In a press statement, police said they responded to a call of shots fired at a Hampton Inn and found three individuals with gunshot wounds. The incident was the result of a “disturbance” between the victims and the suspect(s). According to a previous statement by the Dutch Ministry of Defense, the shooting occurred during the soldiers’ time off.
The Dutch troops were training at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, a 1,000-acre compound southeast of Indianapolis utilized for training by the Department of Defense “as well as other allies,” according to a statement sent by the Indiana National Guard to CNN affiliate WISH.
A probe into the shooting’s circumstances is ongoing. To yet, no arrests have been made by authorities in relation to this occurrence.