Skip to main content

Baseball community rallies around coach killed in shooting on Hwy. 169 in Plymouth

The coach and his son were on their way home from a baseball game when a person in another car shot him.
Jay Boughton

Jay Boughton

The baseball community is rallying around the family of Jay Boughton, who was fatally shot on Highway 169 in Plymouth on the way home from a Little League game with his son. 

Boughton, an assistant coach with the Armstrong Cooper Youth Baseball Association (ACYBA), and his son, who recently finished ninth grade, were driving home from a baseball game in Coon Rapids when police say there was a "traffic altercation" and a person in another car opened fire.

Related: Little League coach ID'd as driver fatally shot on Hwy. 169 in Plymouth

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 169 south of Rockford Road. Shots were fired from a light-colored SUV at Boughton as they both traveled southbound on the highway.

After Boughton was shot, he lost control of the vehicle and traveled off the west side of the highway, through trees and a fence, crashing into an apartment complex parking lot on Lancaster Lane North, police said. 

The 56-year-old was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where he later died. His son was also injured, according to ACYBA's statement, which was sent to Bring Me The News

"This was one of the most tragic events I've witnessed in my 20 years of policing," Plymouth Police Chief Erik Fadden said during a news conference on Wednesday, calling it a "truly senseless act."

The ACYBA community is working on organizing a fundraiser for the Boughton family at Frankie's Pizza and they have also set up a GoFundMe page to support the Boughtons as they navigate the coming weeks, with the page saying: "We hope this fund will help them focus on family and give them the time they need to heal."

In the first 12 hours the page was active, it raised more than $11,000 of its $50,000 goal.

Follow Bring Me The News on Twitter

"The love for Jay and the Boughton family in the community has been obvious through these efforts and the many messages I have seen, which are only a fraction of the outpouring from within and outside our community," Dale Bjerke, ACYBA president, said in an email early Thursday. 

The GoFundMe describes Jay Boughton as "the kind of guy you wanted to be around. He was an active member of our baseball family and his love for the game and passion to help the players was second to none. Jay, you were loved by so many and will be deeply missed."

Jay Boughton is survived by his two children and wife. 

Search continues for shooter

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the shooter, who they say was in a light-colored SUV, possibly a "Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban, or similar vehicle," that may have damage to the driver's side rear bumper. 

Plymouth police released three additional images of the suspected vehicle involved in the shooting on Wednesday with hopes someone will help ID it. 

"I'm confident someone has relevant information in this case," Fadden said Wednesday, noting they'd like to speak to people who were driving in the area at the time.

Anyone with information should call Capt. Michael Reed at 763-509-5178.

Note: Some of the details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-11-24 at 9.16.39 AM

Minnetonka woman, 23, ID'd as victim killed in Minneapolis crash

The fatal crash happened near the Minneapolis Convention Center on Nov. 21.


More than 100 geese, ducks found dead on partially frozen MN lake

The discovery was made in Waseca at the weekend.


After losing sponsor, advocates fear Minneapolis' Nice Ride could shut down

They are calling on the city to provide financial support till a new sponsor is found.

Screen Shot 2022-11-23 at 3.32.46 PM

Colleen Lindstrom announces departure from MyTalk radio show

Lindstrom's last broadcast on the long-running show will be Dec. 9.


Diocese of Superior identifies 23 clergy members with 'substantiated' abuse

The announcement from the diocese came after a multiple reviews with external agencies.


Flu surge worsens in schools ahead of Thanksgiving holiday

Earlier this week, Minnesota hospital leaders said the number of sick children is creating a capacity crisis for the health system.


Bloomington police investigating shooting; public asked to avoid area

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.


Gallery: Modernist home on Duluth's observation hill listed for nearly $1.6M

The private hillside home offers sweeping views of the city.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for the week ending Tuesday, Nov. 22

There were more than 500 people hospitalized with COVID in Minnesota on Nov. 22.


Jay Boughton

Youth baseball coach killed on highway was shot in the head, medical examiner says

Jay Boughton was driving home with his son when a gunman in another vehicle opened fire.

Jay Boughton

Suspect arrested in Highway 169 shooting that killed baseball coach

A press conference is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday.

Plymouth Hwy 169 shooting - New Image July 22 - 1

Plymouth police find SUV matching suspect vehicle in fatal Highway 169 shooting

Investigators are processing the vehicle in hopes of gathering evidence.

Jay Boughton

Little League coach ID'd as driver fatally shot on Hwy. 169 in Plymouth

Police continue to seek the public's help in finding the shooter.

Plymouth Hwy 169 shooting - New Image July 22 - 1

New photos of suspect vehicle in fatal Hwy. 169 road rage shooting released

Youth baseball coach Jay Boughton died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Screen Shot 2021-07-07 at 7.20.12 AM

Gunman fatally shoots driver on Hwy. 169 in Plymouth after 'traffic altercation'

Police are searching for the driver of a light-colored SUV.

1100 block of Pacific Street

Man shot and killed inside house in St. Paul

It's the city's 13th homicide this year.

Jay Boughton

Suspect in Jay Boughton's road rage killing arrested in Illinois

He was taken into custody Aug. 24 with the help of Decatur police and U.S. Marshals.