TOPEKA (KSNT) – With a plan in place, a U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive raided a room in the Country Club Motel Saturday night.
They were looking for Orlando Collins, 28, who is charged with two federal counts of interference with commerce by means of robbery. Collins is a suspect in several area robberies in the last few weeks.
However, when agents arrived at the motel, they encountered something they may not have been expecting. Dozens of guns shots were exchanged between the person inside the motel room and federal agents.
“I don’t know if they were totally aware he had this high powered weapon,” said Ron Miller, the U.S. Marshal for the Kansas District. “Sometimes you got to take ’em where you find ’em.”
During the fire fight, three officers were shot. 48 hours after the shooting, two of the officers are out of the hospital and all of them are expected to recover. Bridget Patton with the Federal Bureau of Investigation tells KSNT News, the third officer is in good condition.
While the two sides were exchanging gun fire, the motel building caught fire. After the fire was knocked down, investigators discovered a body inside the rubble. As of 10:50 p.m. on Monday, that body had not been identified.
Serving a warrant can be considered one of the most dangerous parts of police work because of the unknown elements that need to be factored in.
“If you don’t have some sort of fear, somethings wrong,” said Michael Tabman, a former FBI agent. “You always have to be fearful of you getting hurt, some innocent getting hurt, making some mistake.”
Despite the preparations, both Tabman and Miller say the unknowns can put everyone involved at risk.
“Occasionally they don’t give up. They don’t give up and they want to fight and they try to escape,” Miller said about how suspects react to a raid. He said, it’s at that point, task force members have to think on their feet.
“Then they have to make split second decisions,” he said. “Most of the time they get it right and sometimes they don’t.” Saturday, according to Miller, was one of the times the task force got it right.