Who is Jay Boughton? Wiki, Biography, Age, Killed, Suspect Arrested, Police Report

Jay Boughton

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Jay Boughton was shot July 6 by another motorist in an apparent road rage incident. An arrest has been made in the fatal shooting of one driver by another nearly two months ago on Hwy. 169 in Plymouth, authorities said Thursday.

A 33-year-old Chicago man is jailed in Decatur, Ill., on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of Jay Boughton, 56, who was shot July 6 while driving south on the highway. Although authorities identified him during a news conference, the Star Tribune generally does not identify suspects before they are charged.


He was 56 years old.

Incident Details

Boughton was shot in the head at 10 p.m. as he drove Hwy. 169 near Rockford Road on the eastern edge of Plymouth. His vehicle then went through a fence and crashed into the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 3900 block of N. Lancaster Lane, where his 15-year-old son, Harrison, gave him CPR.

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Traffic surveillance video in the moments leading up to the gunfire showed the shooter’s SUV heading west on Interstate 694 near N. Snelling Avenue in Arden Hills before exiting southbound Hwy. 169, and then pulling up on the left of Boughton’s vehicle and briefly pacing it before the shooting.


The suspect’s vehicle, a late-model Chevy Suburban, was located on July 23. Police initially did not say where the SUV was found or what led them to it. However, Fadden said Thursday that “locating that vehicle certainly provided information for our detectives to move in a direction and get where we are at today.”

Suspect Arrested

Police Chief Erik Fadden said the suspect was arrested on Aug. 24 and jailed in the central Illinois city of Decatur, where he remains pending his extradition to Hennepin County.

As of Thursday afternoon, court records do not show that he has been charged.

Fadden declined to reveal details of how detectives were able to track down the suspect, saying the investigation remains “very active.”

“This was truly a needle in a haystack that our detectives, the public, primarily our detectives never stopped digging and working and knocking on doors and reviewing video after video after video,” he said. “And finally, you get that little break every once in a while, and it leads to something else, and you’re off to that and knocking on more doors.”

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