The 26-year-old member of the Dutch Commando Corps, who lost his life after being shot dead with his comrades out of an Indianapolis nightclub on Saturday night, has been pictured for the first time since the killing.
Simmie Poetsema was shot in the back of the head outside the Hampton Inn Hotel after clipping his killer on the sidewalk on his way back to the property. Poetsema was traveling with two comrades who were also short and injured at the time.
The 22-year-old man accused of orchestrating the fatal shooting told a friend who was with him that morning that he opened fire on the soldiers because he was “insane,” according to an affidavit.
Simmie Poetsema, 26, died in the shooting after suffering a single gunshot wound to the back of his head outside the Hampton Inn hotel in downtown Indianapolis
The friend told police that he, Shamar Duncan and another man drove off in his pickup truck and landed downtown early Saturday before the shooting, police wrote in the sealed affidavit to the Marion County Attorney’s Office, reported the Indianapolis Star.
According to the affidavit, the pickup driver told investigators that someone from another group – believed to be Dutch soldiers who were in the US for training – bumped into someone from his group, resulting in a shove.
He said someone from his group landed on the ground and ran back to their vehicle.
The man said he was driving when one of his friends said they left their phone behind, so he stopped the pickup, the affidavit said. Then he heard shots.
The Hampton Inn where three members of the Dutch Commando Corps who were training at a center were shot dead outside the hotel in downtown Indianapolis early Saturday morning
The Hampton Inn in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana
“Shamar fired,” said the man, who has not been identified, according to the police affidavit.
Duncan was in the back seat of the pickup, the man said. Another witness told police they believed the shots were fired from the back seat of the truck, according to the affidavit.
“The driver of the pickup said he yelled at Shamar because he was angry that he shot,” the affidavit said. ‘He said Shamar said, ‘I just shagged.’
Duncan, 22, was arrested on Tuesday and faces a preliminary charge of murder in the shooting.
He remained detained Wednesday and would not be eligible for release while prosecutors review the case, police said.
It was not immediately clear on Wednesday whether the two men allegedly with Duncan that morning would be charged.
Duncan’s arrest did not appear in online court records Wednesday and it was not clear if he had an attorney who could speak on the case on his behalf.
Poetsema died of his injuries “surrounded by family and colleagues,” the Dutch Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday.
According to the Defense Ministry, the two soldiers injured in the attack suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
According to the affidavit, investigators used testimony from the surviving soldiers, witnesses, video from a bystander and surveillance footage to identify Duncan as the suspected shooter.
An unnamed witness told police that Duncan and his two friends were “looking for trouble” on the morning of the shooting and that the witness saw them crossing a street and bumping into a man in a group of people who was walking away .
Duncan’s group then engaged in a fight with the soldiers, the witness said.
The soldiers, who were in Indianapolis on a night off from training at a southern Indiana military camp, were walking from a downtown club to their hotel when Duncan and his friends bumped into them in passing, soldiers told investigators.
Poetsema and others in the group of soldiers attempted to defuse the situation, but it eventually escalated into a fight that lasted between 30 seconds and a few minutes, police witnesses said.
The witness, who watched from across the street, told investigators he saw “one of the men causing trouble” being thrown to the ground, the affidavit said.
One of the men in Duncan’s group then said, “I’ll go get a sling” — a slang word for weapon — the witness told investigators.
According to the witness, Duncan’s group went back to their pickup truck and the soldiers went to the front of their hotel. The truck started moving before making a U-turn, accelerating to the front of the hotel and turning on its turn signals.
The witness told police he heard gunshots and then saw the pickup truck speeding away.
According to the affidavit, investigators were able to identify Duncan and the two men who were with him from videos and witness descriptions.
When investigators found the pickup truck, a man who later admitted to having been with Duncan on the morning of the shooting was removing items from the vehicle.
According to the affidavit, important identifying features had been removed.
Dutch Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren on Tuesday expressed concern about gun violence in the United States following the shooting
Dutch Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren on Tuesday expressed concern about gun violence in the United States following the shooting.
“We conduct a lot of training for our soldiers in the United States, and we really don’t expect that to happen. So it’s very, very worrying for us.’
Ollongren said at a meeting of European Union defense ministers in Prague.
Ollongren declined to comment on the shooting while the investigation is ongoing.
She said there was “good contact” between Dutch military police and authorities in Indianapolis, and that US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin contacted her on Monday “to express his regret and condolences.”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11166555/Man-accused-shooting-Dutch-commando-looking-trouble-Friends-say-flipped-out.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The man accused of shooting dead a Dutch commando was looking for trouble.