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Law Enforcement Officials Testify About Tracking Down Casteel

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - As Raulie Casteel's attorneys reassured their client this morning with a pat on the back before trial resumed, law enforcement officials painted a nightmarish picture of what it was like to handle the string of shootings for which police say Casteel is responsible.

"I have a lot of experience, I've seen nothing like this in thirty-eight years of law enforcement," said Major Joel Maatman with the Ingham County Sheriff's Department.

Maatman says the level of personnel and resources used for the I-96 shooter case was unprecedented –often coming at the expense of smaller police jurisdictions.

"About twelve extra townships didn't get much policing," Maatman said.

"Obviously there were some minor crimes that just didn't get investigated at that time. It became the focus of pretty much everything we did," said Major Robert Smith with the Oakland County Sheriff's Department.

The FBI also became involved in the case.

Special Agent Anthony Hartman was the first to interview Casteel.

He says Casteel gave him access to his home and car, and eventually admitted to owning a nine millimeter handgun.

"He says its up in my bedroom, I'll go get it," Hartman said, recalling meeting Casteel for the first time on the witness stand.

Hartman admitted throughout the interview process with Casteel, the then-suspect was cordial.

 "He was cooperative with you?" asked Casteel's attorney.

"Absolutely," said Hartman.

 "He was a nice guy?" asked the attorney.

"Yes," said Hartman.

Law enforcement officials testified that, taking into consideration both overtime and the time lost by police officers who were re-assigned to help with the I-96 shooter case, the total cost to the combined law enforcement teams was between $150 and $170 thousand dollars.

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