Three Federal Agents Wounded During Shootout At Topeka Hotel

Apr 24, 2016

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was processing a crime scene Sunday  at a Topeka hotel where three federal agents suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot while trying to make an arrest on Saturday night.

According to a statement by the FBI, members of the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force were executing a federal arrest warrant for Orlando J. Collins, 28, who was on the Kansas most-wanted list and was considered armed and dangerous. The warrant had been issued for Collins on April 20, charging him with two counts of robbery.

Agents had information leading them to believe Collins might be located at The Country Club Motel, 3732 SW Topeka Blvd.

"As members of the task force approached the hotel room door, they came under gun fire from inside the hotel room. Two deputy United States marshals and an FBI agent were wounded with non life threatening injuries," the FBI said in a statement on Sunday.

Gunfire started a fire inside the hotel room, the FBI said, which spread to the entire building.

"An unidentified body was located within the hotel room where Collins was believed to be. The hotel had been evacuated and no other occupants were injured," the FBI said.

The ATF and the fire marshal were conducting the fire investigation. The Topeka Police Department, the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office were assisting with what the FBI called an on-going investigation.

C.J. Janovy is an arts reporter at KCUR. Follow her on Twitter at @cjjanovy.