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Suspect arrested in Highway 169 shooting that killed baseball coach

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

A suspect has been arrested in connection to the shooting on Highway 169 in Plymouth that killed youth baseball coach Jay Boughton.

Plymouth police on Thursday said a suspect has been arrested and there will be a news conference at 2 p.m. No other details were provided. 

The arrest comes after nearly two months of searching for the suspect who fatally shot the 56-year-old Boughton while he was driving home from a baseball game with his son. The shooting happened around 10 p.m. on July 6 on Highway 169 south of Rockford Road.

Police said another motorist traveling in the same direction opened fire while alongside Boughton's vehicle. Boughton suffered a gunshot wound to the head, lost control of the vehicle and crashed in a parking lot. He later died at a hospital.

Authorities say a "traffic altercation" may have preceded the shooting — something "very minor" like a lane change, Plymouth Police Chief Erik Fadden said in the days after the shooting.

"This wasn't a back and forth, and it escalated quickly, and we don't know why right now," he said.

A photo of the suspect's SUV.

A photo of the suspect's SUV.

The suspect fled the scene, and police released multiple photos and even a map and pleaded for the public's help in finding the shooter. 

The suspect's vehicle was recovered on July 23.

The Armstrong Cooper Youth Baseball Association community set up a GoFundMe page to support the Boughtons. The page has brought in more than $85,000 so far.

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