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Video: Federal Officers Shot, Motel Burned in Kansas Fugitive Operation

April 24, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Federal Officers Shot, Motel Burned in Kansas Fugitive Operation

Saturday night, federal and local law enforcement agencies came under fire in a warrant operation at a Topeka, KS, motel. Three federal officers were wounded and the motel was set ablaze.

Just before 10 p.m., the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force was executing a federal arrest warrant for 28-year-old Orlando J. Collins at the Country Club Motel. Collins had been sought as a person of interest in connection with a carjacking and a holdup that happened in Topeka. Collins is also believed to have been involved in other area robberies.

Members of the task force approached the motel room door and came under fire. Two Deputy United States Marshals and an FBI Agent experienced non-life-threatening wounds.

After continued gunfire, investigators believe a fire started in the room where Collins was and spread to the whole building.

The Topeka Fire Department battled the blaze for three hours and the County Club Motel was in ashes by the end of it, KSNT reports.

A body was found in the room where Collins was believed to be, but officials have not yet confirmed the identity of that person.

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Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/24/2016 1:20 PM

Crazy. I hope all the Officers will be okay. This is happening more and more often now. Just yesterday two Police Officers in Chandler, AZ, near where I live, got shot by a bum inside a walmart. Its ridiculous.

Bob F. @ 4/27/2016 8:54 PM

Feds screwed up big time. Saw a newscast from Kansas City where they interviewed the manager. Manger said the feds came in, asked for the key to the room, escorted the manager out of the office, and minutes later the place was like the OK Corral.

Stupid move. The feds wanted the collar, and they didn’t want to wait for a SWAT team. They knew the guy was armed and dangerous. He had committed four violent crimes in the last three weeks. His face book page included a recent post of a cache of rifles and weapons, and a rant that he was “an army of one.” .
If they think he is in there, they should have established a perimeter, surveiled, and called in SWAT. You don’t just walk up and try to enter a motel room. That’s how you get shot. You surround the place, use high tech shit to determine if a person or persons are inside the room, and go from there.

Pretty damn stupid. They put a lot of innocent people at risk.

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