GoFundMe for critically wounded cop Arik Matson passes $100K in a day

The 32-year-old was shot in the head during an incident in Waseca.
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Donations have poured in to support the family of critically wounded police officer Arik Matson, who was shot in the head during a disturbance in Waseca Monday night.

Less than 24 hours after a GoFundMe campaign was launched for the 32-year-old, donations had surged past the $100,000 mark.

The money is being used to help his family covered medical expenses and everyday costs while he's in hospital.

Matson is the husband of Megan and father to their two daughters, Audrina and Maklynn.

He was shot by a 37-year-old man as he was responding to a call of suspicious person with a flashlight in the back yard of a residence in the 900 block of 4th Ave. SE.

His severe injuries have resulted in an outpouring of tributes from members of the Waseca and law enforcement communities.

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As well as being a Waseca police officer and a SWAT team member, Matson is also a Freeborn volunteer firefighter, a Freeborn City Council member, and a representative of the DARE program, teaching 5th graders about resisting drugs and violence.

Among those paying tribute to him on Tuesday was Crosby-Ironton Girls' Basketball, with the school's athletic director, Jared Matson, being Arik's brother.

The girl's team wore black and blue in his honor.

Also sending their best wishes is St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell, who posted on his Facebook page: "The Minnesota Law Enforcement community is a close-knit group. We care deeply for one another, for our communities and for our state. And when a hero is injured in the line of duty, everyone who wears a badge is deeply impacted.

"Right now, the pain we feel is for Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson, who was shot last night while doing the incredibly difficult job we all expect our officers to do."

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