Arrest made in murder of cop Ferry Bakx on Bonaire

A man was arrested on Bonaire on suspicion of involvement in the murder of policeman Ferry Bakx, the Police Corps Caribbean Netherlands and the Public Prosecutor announced on Tuesday. The man used a suspicious vehicle that was found in Kralendijk, the capital of the island and the city where Bakx was killed, Omroep Brabant reports.

The 45-year-old police man, born in RIjsbergen, worked and lived on Bonaire for several years. Last week Wednesday he and colleagues responded to a report of a burglary on the west side of the island. The perpetrators were still in the house when they arrived. While chasing the burglars Bakx was shot. He was pronounced dead in hospital a short time later.

The authorities are currently investigating whether the arrested suspect was in any way involved in Bakx' death. "Further announcements can not be made in the interest of the investigation", the police and Prosecutor said on Tuesday.

The Netherlands sent a Large Scale Investigation Team to the island to assist in the investigation. Police officers from Aruba and Curacao also went to help. A $10,000 reward is on offer for information that leads to the resolution of this case.