Officer shot in the head undergoes reconstructive surgery
WASECA, Minn. (AP) — The southern Minnesota police officer gravely wounded in a shooting has undergone reconstructive surgery for broken bones in his face and skull.
A family post on Arik Matson’s CaringBridge web page said the surgery Monday at North Memorial Health Hospital left him dealing with some pain and swelling, but otherwise went well.
The post says Matson was positioned upright during physical therapy and twice threw a ball to his brother.
The 32-year-old Waseca officer was shot in the head Jan. 6 when responding with other officers to a call about a suspicious person roaming through some backyards.
The suspect, Tyler Janovsky, 37, shot Matson and also fired at two other officers and was shot by police, according to officials Janovsky has been released from the hospital and is at Oak Park Heights prison on a burglary conviction out of Otter Tail County, according to the Star Tribune.
A criminal complaint does not include a motive for the shooting, but a search warrant affidavit filed a week after the confrontation noted that his mother told investigators that in recent weeks he “had discussed his desire and intent to commit ’suicide by cop”.