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Chicago man arrested in connection with fatal road rage shooting of Jay Boughton

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

A 33-year-old Chicago man is in custody in connection with the July 6 killing of youth baseball coach Jay Boughton.

The Plymouth Police Department Thursday said the suspect was arrested in Decatur, Illinois, on Aug. 24. Plymouth police located the suspect, and Decatur police as well as members of the U.S. Marshals Service helped take him into custody without incident, Plymouth Police Chief Erik Fadden said at a Thursday afternoon news conference.

Fadden said he could not comment on whether authorities were looking for more suspects, or when criminal charges might be filed. The suspect was arrested on a second-degree murder warrant however, he said. 

Investigators have been searching for the suspect shooter or shooters for weeks, publishing multiple grainy images of a suspect vehicle and issuing pleas for tips as the case dragged on. Bouhgton had been driving home from a baseball game with his son around 10 p.m. when he was shot in the head while on Highway 169 south of Rockford Road.

Police said another motorist traveling in the same direction opened fire, and Fadden Thursday stressed this was not a "back-and-forth" road rage incident, though that there may have been a minor altercation beforehand.

Fadden said staff have put more than 1,500 hours into the case so far, saying efforts have been painstaking and tireless.

The investigation "continues to be very active," he said. noting there is "still a lot of work to be done." They're continuing to interview people and follow up on leads, and still want tips from the public if anyone has additional information.

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The suspect is in custody in Illinois, waiting to be extradited to Minnesota, Fadden said. Boughton's family was told of the arrest the day it occurred, with the police chief describing them as "grateful."

Fadden could not comment on what they believe the suspect's role in Boughton's killing was, nor what the man was doing in Minnesota at the time.

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