Venezuelan man confesses to killing Dutch cop in Bonaire
A Venezuelan man confessed to killing Dutch cop Ferry Bakx after the officer caught him and others in the act of a robbery on Bonaire in August last year. The confession was made on the first day of a three-day trial against six Venezuelans and one man from Bonaire for Bakx's murder, RTL Nieuws reports.
Bakx and another police officer responded to a house on the western side of the island on August 17th last year. There they found a robbery in progress. The robbers fled, the cops gave chase and it turned into a shootout. Bakx was hit and rushed to the hospital, but he died of his injuries.
The suspect from Bonaire brought the six Venezuelans to the island to commit a number of robberies, according to the island's authorities. The group had a number of weapons and two kilos of cocaine on them when they were caught. In addition to Bakx's murder, the men are also suspected of human trafficking, illegal firearm possession and drug trafficking.
The Netherlands sent 20 police officers to the island to aid local authorities in the investigation into Bakx's death.