Authorities say three federal agents suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a shootout while trying to make an arrest at a Topeka motel. The FBI says two U.S. marshals and an FBI agent suffered non-life-threatening injuries Saturday night at the Country Club Motel on Southwest Topeka Boulevard. A fourth law enforcement officer also suffered some kind of injury in the gunfight. It's unclear whether that officer was a local law enforcement officer or a federal agent. All four law enforcement officers were taken to hospitals. The FBI says a task force descended on the motel shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday, trying to locate the suspect -- 28-year-old Orlando Collins, a robbery suspect who's is listed on the state's most wanted list. While stationed outside what authorities believed to be the suspect's motel room, shots were fired from inside the room, injuring the officers. A fire broke out at the motel during the shootout. The fire raged for about three hours before firefighters could douse the flames. Firefighters say the motel was a total loss. After the fire was extinguished, authorities discovered a body inside the same motel room where Collins was suspected to have been hiding from authorities. An FBI crime team remains on the scene this (SUN) afternoon, sifting through the charred debris of the motel. Other guests were staying in the motel at the time, but a bystander who said she was a witness to Saturday night's gunfight and fire told KPR News that those guests were evacuated from the motel before the fire began.
Topeka Motel Shootout Leaves Three Federal Agents Injured; Motel Destroyed
Three federal agents were wounded in an exchange of gunfire at a Topeka motel Saturday night. As KPR's J. Schafer reports, agents were trying to arrest one of the state's most-wanted fugitives.