Man accused of shooting police officer in the head pleads guilty to attempted murder

July 17, 2020

WASECA, Minn. (AP) – A man accused of shooting and seriously wounding a southern Minnesota police officer has pleaded guilty to attempted murder.

Thirty-seven-year-old Tyler Robert Janovsky (pictured) pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer during a hearing in Waseca County District Court.

Prosecutors say Janovsky shot Waseca Officer Arik Matson in the head as Matson and other officers responded to a call of a suspicious person with a flashlight in a backyard on Jan. 6.

Matson is still recovering in a Nebraska rehabilitation facility.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 18. Janovsky faces 35 years in prison under his plea agreement.