Minnesota police officer in critical condition after being shot in the head

January 8, 2020

WASECA, Minn. (AP) – Officials say a southern Minnesota police officer is gravely injured after he was shot in the head while responding to a report of a suspicious person.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) says Waseca police Officer Arik Matson (pictured) was shot Monday evening and is in critical but stable condition at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

The suspect has been identified as Tyler Robert Janovsky. He was shot by other officers at the scene.

The BCA says Janovsky’s injuries are not life-threatening. The officers were responding to a report of a suspicious person in a residential neighborhood.

“This is the worst nightmare a law enforcement agency can face, and we’re living it right now,” said Waseca Chief of Police Penny Vought. 

Waseca is 70 miles south of Minneapolis.