A Minnesota police officer was gravely injured on Monday night after an encounter a dangerous felon.
The incident ended in gunfire after four police officers responded to a call of a suspicious person with a flashlight in the backyard of a home in Waseca.
The suspect, a wanted felon by the name of Tyler Janovsky, shot Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson in the head before being gunned down himself.
“At one point during the encounter with him, officer Matson was shot, the officers then shot Mr. Janovsky,” State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent Drew Evans said.
Janovsky, who has a lengthy criminal record, including convictions for burglary, drug crimes, terroristic threats and accessory to murder, had an active arrest warrant at the time of the shooting and survived the shooting.
Matson has been on the department since 2013 and was a member of the SWAT team.
“I’ve heard it and said it, ‘This is the worst nightmare a law enforcement agency can face,’ and we’re living it right now,” WPD Chief Penny Vought said. “We have to remain strong and diligent; we still have a job to do. We’re still going to respond to calls in the city of Waseca and be responsive but help one another too.”
According to the Star Tribune, Matson is also a School Resource Officer and is married with two children. He is currently in critical but stable condition.
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