A southern Minnesota police officer is gravely injured after he was shot in the head while responding to a report of a suspicious person
Today is a sad day for law Enforcement in Southern Minnesota. A police officer in southern Minnesota was gravely injured when he was shot in the head while responding to a report of a suspicious person, officials said Tuesday.
Officer Arik Matson, 32, was shot at about 8 p.m. Monday in Waseca, and was taken by air to a hospital in Robbinsdale, where he was in critical but stable condition Tuesday, according to Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent Drew Evans.
The suspect, 37-year-old Tyler Robert Janovsky, was shot twice by other officers at the scene and was flown to the same hospital. Evans said Janovsky's injuries were not life-threatening. He has not been charged.
Matson and three other officers were responding to a call of a suspicious person with a flashlight in a residential backyard, Evans said. Officers saw Janovsky on a neighboring property, and “at one point during the encounter with him, Officer Matson was shot. Officers then shot Mr. Janovsky," he said.
Evans said authorities are still piecing together why Janovsky was in the backyard. He did not live at the house.
Janovsky was wanted on drug-related charges. Three weeks ago, police raided his house and found several grams of methamphetamine, nearly 900 pseudoephedrine pills, other drugs and a handgun. A search warrant affidavit says a brother warned Janovsky, and he fled out a basement door.
While a warrant was out for Janovsky, Evans said officers didn't know who they were dealing with when they were called to the scene.