Man arrested after double murder, fire near Downtown Topeka

(KSNT Photo/Alec Gartner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Several law enforcement agencies are investigating the deaths of two people near Downtown Topeka on Sunday night.

Just after 6:00 Sunday night, Topeka Police were called to the 800 block of SW Polk at Capital Corner Apartments for reports of a possible stabbing. While en route to the complex, they received reports of a fire. The third floor of the apartment complex was evacuated due to a fire.

One man was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries. He was pronounced dead upon arrival. Officers located a second victim still inside the building who was pronounced dead. Police cannot confirm the cause of death for either at this time.

Maximo Campillo-Echevarria, 62

Suspect Maximo Campillo-Echevarria, 62, was located by officers later on foot in the area and has since been booked into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections on two counts of 1st Degree Murder.

Victims’ names will not released at this time pending notification of relatives. Topeka Fire Department, State Fire Marshall, and Topeka Police are conducting the investigation at this time. Agencies haven’t confirmed if the murders and the fire are related, even though they occurred at the same address.

This is a developing story, KSNT News will continue to bring you updates as they become available.

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