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Minnesota Police Officer Severely Injured During A Gun Battle

Authorities said Tuesday that a police officer in southern Minnesota was gravely wounded when he was shot in the head. He was shot while responding to a report of a suspicious person.

32-year-old officer Arik Matson was shot at around 8 pm on Monday in Waseca and was transported by air to a hospital in Robbinsdale, where he was in severe but stable condition on Tuesday, according to Drew Evans, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent.

37-year-old Tyler Robert Janovsky, the suspect, was fired twice by other officers at the scene and was rushed to the same hospital. Evans stated that the suspect injuries were not life-threatening. The 37-year-old suspect has not been charged.

The 32-year-old officer and three other officers were responding to a report of a suspicious person with a flashlight in a private backyard, Evans said. Officers noticed Janovsky on a neighboring property, and at one moment during the encounter with him, and Officer Matson was fired. Officers then shot the suspect, he said.

Evans stated that officials are still piecing together why Janovsky was in the garden. He did not live at that home. Janovsky has an active warrant for narcotics-related charges, but the deputies did not know who they were trading with when the officers were first called to the scene.

Janovsky has numerous previous convictions, including for theft, narcotic crimes, and for making terrorist warnings. Court records show that he also was convicted of one count of being an assistant to murder concerning a 2001 case.

Waseca police officers do not wear body cameras, but Evans said officials would discover whether there is a squad camera video of the incident.

The 32-year-old police officer has been with the Waseca Police Department since 2013 and allotted to patrol. He is also a member of a regional narcotic investigative SWAT team and served in a program designed to keep children away from narcotics, Chief Penny Vought said.

Waseca is a city of approximately 9,400 located 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Minneapolis.

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