Waseca police officer remains in critical condition

Pastor says doctors are learning more about Matson's injuries

Mark Freie
January 15, 2020 - 5:40 am
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(Courtesy of the Waseca Police Department)

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A Waseca police officer remains in critical condition according to an update given Tuesday via Facebook.

Arik Matson, 32, was shot in the head on Monday, January 6 while exchanging gunfire during a call.

A pastor for the family, Rev. Kaleb Hurley at Hope Church in Albert Lee, gave an update on Matson's condition on Tuesday afternoon.

Hurley says Matson's been able to squeeze fingers and reply with a thumbs up.

In the video Hurley adds, "Make no mistake, Arik is still in the woods and he still has a really long road ahead of him."

A Go Fund Me for Matson has raised nearly $170,000 of its $250,000 goal.

In the incident, four officers responded to a call of a suspicious person with a flashlight in the backyard of a home in the 900 block of 4th Ave. SE. before 8 p.m. The suspect, Tyler Robert Jonovsky, 37, had an active warrant for drug-related charges, but officers did not know they were encountering him. 

Officers found Jonovsky in a neighboring property on the next block, and shots were exchanged, with both Jonovsky and Matson hit. Jonovsky was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

He's been charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder of a peace officer.

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