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Guilty plea in officer Arik Matson shooting

Tyler Janovsky was accused of shooting Matson in the head in January, leaving him with significant brain injuries.
Credit: Minnesota Department of Corrections

The man accused of shooting Waseca Police officer Arik Matson last January has struck a deal to plead guilty to two charges of first-degree attempted murder.

Tyler Janovsky, a 37-year-old currently held in the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Oak Park Heights, was accused of shooting Matson in the head as the officer responded to reports of a suspicious person.

Documents filed during a plea hearing in Waseca County Court Thursday reflect Javonsky's guilty pleas to first-degree attempted murder, and first-degree attempted murder of a peace officers. A third count of attempted murder was dismissed, as was a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

In February, Matson underwent reconstructive surgery to repair broken bones in his skull. He rehabbed in Minnesota for a time, then was transferred to a facility out of state. A CaringBridge blog curated by his sister-in-law says Matson has made steady progress, re-learning how to walk, ride a bike and even lift weights.

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Sentencing for Tyler Janovsky is set for September 18. 


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