Minnesota youth baseball coach victim of suspected road rage

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An apparent road-rage shooting led to the death of a youth baseball coach on a Minnesota highway Tuesday night and whoever’s responsible is still at large.

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The New York Post says, according to police, Jay Boughton, who was driving back from a game with his son at the time, was hit by a bullet after someone in another vehicle opened fire on him around 10 p.m.

KSTP say Boughton lost control of his car after he was shot and left Highway 169 in Plymouth and ended up going through a chain-link fence, hitting trees and eventually crashed into parked cars.

The station says his son gave his dad CPR until the ambulance got there.

“I just have to say this was one of the most tragic events that I have witnessed in my 20 years of policing,” an emotional Plymouth Public Safety Director Erik Fadden told reporters at a news conference Wednesday as his held back tears.

Jay Boughton. FACEBOOK
Jay Boughton. FACEBOOK

“It was really truly a senseless act that resulted in the loss of a human life. And our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and those affected by this horrible event.”

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Police says the shooting occurred after a “traffic altercation” and the vehicles were beside each other but didn’t offer any other details and are asking the public’s help in identifying the other vehicle that fled.

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A surveillance photo shows a light-colored SUV that could be a Chevy Tahoe or Suburban and it may have a damaged rear bumper according to a press release.

KARE 11 reported that Boughton was an assistant coach for the last three years with the under 15UAAA team, which included his son, as part of the Armstrong Cooper Youth Baseball Association, and all remaining games have been cancelled.

  1. On Tuesday, at about 3:28 p.m., OPP officers responded to a two-vehicle collision on Beech Grove Side Rd. in the Town of Caledon.

    Caledon OPP charge driver after road rage causes accident

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    Man killed by truck on Hwy. 401 after suspected road rage incident

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