More good news for the Minnesota police officer who was shot in the head nearly a month ago.
Officer Arik Matson, 32, of the Waseca Police Department, was able to be transferred out of the intensive care unit at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale to a long-term acute care facility, according to an update on his CaringBridge page.
The Jan. 31 update from his family said Friday was a "huge day" for Matson, who answered all of their questions by nodding or shaking his head. He was also able to say "ahhhh" during speech therapy.
"The doctors felt we were ready to graduate from the ICU and gave us the ok to move to a longer term acute care facility," the update says. "We headed out to our new hospital this afternoon and the North Memorial staff had a big send off for Arik :).
"Had his pain meds not kicked in about 5 minutes before our send off he would have been more awake to see it but there’s no doubt he knew what was going on."
Matson, a married father of two girls, was shot in the head Jan. 6 while responding to a call of a suspicious person in a Waseca neighborhood. The accused shooter, 37-year-old Tyler Janovsky, has been charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder.
The Star Tribune reports that Janovsky's next court appearance is Tuesday.
A criminal complaint reveals that Janovsky has a lengthy criminal history, including charges related to being an accessory to murder, making terroristic threats, several drug crimes, and burglary.
A GoFundMe for the Matson family has generated nearly $200,000. You can donate here.