COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The investigation into a deadly string of highway sniper attacks cost more than $3 million in overtime pay, aircraft surveillance and equipment such as security cameras, a newspaper reported.

City, state and federal agencies spent a total of about $750,000 each month of a four-month investigation that led to the arrest of Charles McCoy Jr., according to a story in Sunday's edition of The Columbus Dispatch. The newspaper surveyed 10 agencies that participated in the investigation.

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McCoy is in jail, charged with felonious assault for a Dec. 15 shooting of a house while two people were inside. He is a suspect in two dozen shootings at cars, schools and homes, many of them along a 50-mile stretch of I-270 around Columbus. One person was killed.

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