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 he 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 marshals has already been released from the hospital,
while the other was stable, said a spokeswoman for the marshals
(Reporting by Joseph Ax in New York; Editing by Ros Russell and
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