BREAKING: Minnesota Officer Shot In Head

A Waseca police officer was shot in the head while responding to a domestic disturbance call on Monday night.

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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Comments (19)
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RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Praying for the officer , thanks for your decision to do a job fewer and fewer want to do .

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#naa

GForce48
GForce48

Hoping for a speedy/full recovery for the officer. Hope the family can stand tall throughout the process!

2jazzyj
2jazzyj

Wonder if he as responding alone? Hoping for the best..

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Suspect is 37-year-old Tyler Robert Janovsky. He has 28 prior mugshots here...

minnesota.arrests.org/search.php?page=1&results=56&fname=Tyler&lname=Janovsky&fpartial=True

Suspect was shot twice by other officers at the scene and was flown to the same hospital. Janovsky’s injuries were not life-threatening. He has not yet been charged.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

The killer is not a surprise.

Dick Elliott
Dick Elliott

God bless the Warriors who continue to do this thankless job for so many thankless people. We (Police) lock these scum bags up and their back on the street before the Officer. All unit's should be two man, who cares if the jobs get backed up, hire more Police (if you can find them) if not we'll be there when we get there, safely with a two man unit. My prayers to this Hero and his Family both blood and blue for a full recovery. One thing further, as an (old time) street Cop from NYC no one ever gets over being shot!

PD732004
PD732004

I agree New York, 2 man cars. Been saying it for years. The system stinks. If the Department is too small then MERGE. When I tested there were 1500 of us, to fill 50 slots. Now they are lucky if they get 50. No one wants the job anymore, and you can't blame them. No support. 31 years for me, now my son is on the job. I worry every day. Sad. Praying for this Officer's recovery.

GG9
GG9

🙏🏻🙏🏻🌹Back the Blue !