FBI identifies body found after motel shootout; TFD says fire intentionally set

Published: Apr. 26, 2016 at 3:46 PM CDT
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The FBI positively identified the body found inside a burned south Topeka motel room as Orlando Collins. He's the man a task force went to the hotel to arrest last Saturday night.

Additionally, the Topeka Fire Dept. said the person inside room 28, who we know know was Collins, started the fire which soon engulfed the Country Club Motel.

According to the FBI, the Shawnee Co. Coroner's preliminary finding is that Collins died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A U.S. Marshal's Task Force went to the motel, near 37th and Topeka, Saturday night to arrest Collins on a warrant for several armed robberies. The 28 year-old was on the NE Kansas Most Wanted List and considered armed and dangerous.

The FBI says the as agents approached the door, a suspect they believed was Collins opened fire. A short time later, the motel caught fire. Three federal agents were hit, but are recovering.

Ron Miller, the U.S. Marshal for Kansas, told 13 NEWS that the Marshals arrested a man on a parole violation on Sunday. He was allegedly in the motel room with Collins. Miller did not identify the suspect.

"We have the state, local and federal task force partners in this area that work very well together to attempt to hunt fugitives many of them are wanted at the state and local levels," Miller said.

The crime scene tape was down Tuesday, but you can clearly see the bullet-riddled walls outside of the room the suspect was reportedly in. There was also a bullet hole in a drive-thru window at Capital City Bank and two in the large Capital City bank sign.

Across 37th Street to the north, a bullet hit a Burger King sign and a worker in the area said he saw agents on the restaurant's roof, looking for evidence.

Miller would not release the identities of the two Deputy U.S. Marshals who were wounded. They are now out of the hospital. An FBI agent was hospitalized as of Monday and reportedly in good condition.