Suspect arrested in connection to road rage killing of popular baseball coach in Minnesota

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Sep. 3 2021, Published 9:25 a.m. ET

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A suspect has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a popular baseball coach in Minnesota, police announced.

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Jay Boughton, 56, and his 15-year-old son were returning home from a baseball game on July 6 when a silver SUV pulled up alongside his vehicle and someone opened fire, KARE 11 reported.

Boughton was rushed to the hospital but did not survive, according to KARE 11.

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Traffic cameras caught the shooting, and investigators say they believe the drivers had a brief interaction that may have sparked the shooting, KARE 11 reported.

On July 23, a local towing company informed police in Plymouth, Minnesota they impounded a silver 2019 Chevy Tahoe LT, which was a significant break in the case, according to KARE 11.

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Search warrants revealed that cameras captured the impounded vehicle speeding and weaving around cars before ending up in the lane next to Boughton with its blinker on, showing the driver trying to change lanes just seconds before the shooting, KARE 11 reported.

On Sept. 2, Plymouth police named Jamal Lindsey Smith as the driver of the SUV, according to KSTP. He was arrested in Decatur, Illinois and faces a second-degree murder charge.

"This was truly a needle in a haystack that our detectives, the public ... they never stopped digging and working and knocking on doors, and reviewing video after video after video," Plymouth Police Chief Erik Fadden said, according to KSTP.

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