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TOPEKA, Kan. — Investigators thought they’d be arresting a fugitive Saturday night, but what started as serving an arrest warrant turned into bullets flying, a blaze, and a body found.

Orlando Collins
Orlando Collins

The FBI, Kansas City Division, said members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force were looking for 28-year-old Orlando J. Collins.

At about 10 p.m. Saturday, they approached a room at the Country Club Motel, at 3732 SW Topeka Boulevard, believing Collins was inside.

A written FBI statement said, “As members of the task force approached the hotel room door, they came under gun fire from inside the hotel room.”

The FBI said two Deputy United States Marshals and one FBI agent were shot. The statement continues, “Following continued gun fire from the hotel room, a fire was ignited from within the room, which eventually spread to the entire building.”

Topeka Fire Marshal Michael Martin said early Sunday morning, “The fire had spread up into the attic area and the joist spaces and when it did finally vent through the roof, then you saw the large amounts of flames.”

The motel was evacuated and no one else was hurt, but investigators later found “an unidentified body” in the room where they thought Collins was. As of Sunday afternoon, officers had not released an identification on that person, nor had they provided updates about Collins.

Collins was on the Northeast Kansas Most Wanted List, considered armed and dangerous. A federal arrest warrant had been issued for Collins on April 20, charging him with two counts of interference with commerce by means of robbery.

Collins was listed as a person of interest in an April 22 armed robbery at 101 SW 37th Street in Topeka.

A press release from that incident read, “The suspect, who was armed with a firearm, robbed not only the business, but stole a silver 2011 Nissan Sentra” and used that car to run. Investigators later found that car off SE Vine; it had been set on fire. In that case, Collins was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Discharge of a Weapon at an Occupied Dwelling or Vehicle.

FBI agents continued to collect evidence at the motel and nearby area Sunday afternoon. ATF and the Fire Marshal are working on the fire investigation. Other agencies helping with this case include the Topeka Police Department, Kansas Highway Patrol, and the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office.