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Published On: Mon, Apr 25th, 2016

Federal Marshals shot in Kansas motel arrest efforts of Orlando Collins

Orlando Collins

Orlando Collins

A Kansas motel became the epicenter of chaos as an arrest effort ended with three federal agents shot and the motel engulfed in flames. Officers from the U.S. Marshals Service’s Fugitive Task Force went to the motel in Topeka on Saturday night to look for Orlando J. Collins, the FBI’s Kansas City office said. Officers were met with gunfire.

FBI’s statement detailed that the officers reached the motel room door, but then “they came under gun fire from inside the hotel room.” Two deputy U.S. marshals and an FBI agent were shot but are expected to survive, the FBI said.

Collins, 28, was wanted on two robbery-related charges.

Topeka police said a fourth federal agent had been injured in the choas. That officer apparently suffered a leg injury but was not shot, the FBI said. As the shooter kept firing from the motel room, “a fire was ignited from within the room, which eventually spread to the entire building,” the FBI said.

That blaze burned for more than three hours as flames soared into the night sky, CNN affiliate WIBW reported.
Authorities later found an unidentified body in the room Collins was believed to be in, the FBI said. No one else was injured, the hotel had been evacuated.
Collins was on Kansas’ most-wanted list and considered armed and dangerous, the FBI said.
A federal arrest warrant charged him with two counts of interference with commerce by means of robbery.
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