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Three federal officers and a fourth member of law enforcement were shot during a shootout while searching for a suspect on Kansas’ "Most Wanted" list at a motel Saturday night, authorities said.
Two U.S. Marshals and an FBI agent were shot after gunfire broke out at about 10 p.m. while the officers were trying to arrest Orlando Collins, 28, at the Country Club Motel in Topeka, Kansas, according to a statement from FBI.
When the federal task force approached the door of the motel room they believed Collins was in, “continued” gunfire rang out from inside the room, sparking the shootout, according to the FBI.
A body was found in the room where Collins was thought to be, the FBI said. The person killed has not been identified.
Topeka police said a fourth officer — likely a local officer who responded — was also injured, but they could not confirm what agency the officer was from.
The four officers were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, according to a statement from the Topeka Police Department.
Collins was wanted for two counts of interference with commerce by means of robbery, according to the FBI, which said he was on the state’s Most Wanted list and considered armed and dangerous.
During the commotion, a fire broke out in the room where the gunfire originated and “eventually spread to the entire building,” according to the FBI. The motel was evacuated, and no one else was injured, the FBI said. The shooting is under investigation, the FBI said.