​Federal Agents Shot During Gunfire, Suspect’s Hotel Room Erupts In Flames

Federal Agents Shot
Author: Kara GilmourBy:
Staff Reporter
Apr. 25, 2016

Three federal agents were shot while trying to arrest a robbery suspect. Authorities say they found a body in a Kansas hotel room that erupted in flames during a shootout.

The FBI said in a release Sunday that two deputy U.S. marshals and an FBI agent suffered non-life-threatening injuries Saturday night when they came under fire while trying to arrest 28-year-old Orlando J. Collins at the Topeka hotel.

The FBI says when the federal agents were shot during gunfire, a fire broke out in the room where authorities later found an unidentified body. It didn’t identify the body or say if Collins was arrested.

Authorities said earlier four federal agents were injured. The FBI didn’t specify the nature of the injuries and didn’t immediately return calls seeking clarification about the change.

A joint fugitive task force that included the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI and local law enforcement attempted to arrest Orlando Collins at the Country Club Motel in Topeka about 10 p.m. on Saturday, said Amy McCarter, a spokeswoman for the Topeka Police Department.

Collins, 28, was on the state’s most wanted list for allegedly committing a series of armed robberies. The FBI said the federal agents shot were notified that the suspect was considered armed and dangerous.

As investigators approached the room where they believed Collins was staying, they came under fire, the FBI said.

Two deputy U.S. marshals and an FBI agent suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the gunbattle. At some point, a fire was started inside the hotel room, eventually spreading to the entire building.

Investigators discovered a body inside the room after the fire was extinguished but have not yet identified it. No other motel guests were injured.

One of the federal agents shot has already been released from the hospital, while the other was stable, said a spokeswoman for the marshals service.

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