Waseca, MN – A Waseca police officer was ambushed and shot in the head during a gunfight with a suspect while responding to a report of a domestic disturbance late on Monday night.
The incident occurred just after 8 p.m. on Jan. 6 when a Waseca police officer responded to a call at a home in the 900-block of 3rd Avenue Southeast, WCCO reported.
KSTP reported that sources said the officer had been shot in the head.
The suspect was also shot.
The Waseca officer was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, KSTP reported.
Officials said the officer was in critical condition.
U.S. Representative Jim Hagedorn identified the wounded hero in a Facebook post early on Tuesday morning as Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson.
His father is a retired Albert Lea police officer, according to the congressman.
“Tragically, last night Waseca Police Officer and Freeborn, MN resident, Arik Matson, was reportedly ambushed and severely wounded while responding to a domestic disturbance complaint in Waseca,” Hagedorn posted. “Officials are expected to provide an update on Officer Matson's condition later this morning.”
“I communicated with Arik's father, retired Albert Lea Police Officer Tim Matson, overnight. On behalf of all southern Minnesotans, I offered our deepest concerns and prayers for Arik and his family,” the congressman continued.
“The work of our police officers can be exceptionally difficult and unpredictable. Dealing with illicit illegal drug use and trafficking, people suffering from mental illness, and felony crimes perpetrated by evil people far too often place the lives of those who protect and serve at risk,” Hagedorn wrote.
“The vast majority of southern Minnesotans and all Americans admire the work and courage and respect our police and law enforcement community,” he said. “To our men and women in Blue: We appreciate you and have your backs!”
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) said that the suspect was transported to the same hospital via ambulance, KSTP reported.
The suspect’s condition was not known, and his name has not been released.
A neighbor told KSTP that he heard five or six shots when the incident occurred.
"I ask everybody to pray for our community, pray for the Waseca Police Department and all of the law enforcement community right now because this is really hard," witness John McIntyre said.
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