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Arik Matson suffers setback, but 'working hard to get home'

It's been eight months since the police officer was shot in the head.
Arik Matson

Sunday marked eight months since Arik Matson was shot in the head while on duty with the Waseca Police Department. 

The 33-year-old husband and father continues to recover, although his wife, Megan Matson, updated his CaringBridge page on Monday saying he suffered back-to-back grand mal seizures on Aug. 9. 

Matson was taken by ambulance to a hospital near the rehabilitation facility he's at for treatment, and because of COVID-19 he was forced to quarantine for 14 days upon returning to the rehab center. 

Megan Matson wrote that the seizures were a "bit of a setback" that caused Arik to lose out on time that could've otherwise been spent rehabilitating from the life-threatening injuries he suffered in the Jan. 6 incident in Waseca. 

Matson will be on anti-seizure medication for the rest of his life. Fortunately, as Megan wrote, he hasn't suffered any more seizures since Aug. 9. 

Meanwhile, Matson provided a message in the CaringBridge update, saying he's "working hard to get home" and that he misses his girls. He's also looking forward to Sunday's season opener between the Vikings and Packers. 

"Good luck next Sunday Vikings kick Green Bays a$$," he said in the message. 

Matson was shot by 37-year-old Tyler Janovsky as he was responding to a call of a suspicious person with a flashlight in the back yard of a residence in the 900 block of 4th Ave. SE. in Waseca on Jan. 6. 

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