Man, 37, charged with shooting Waseca police officer in head

The 37-year-old has a long history of crime.
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A career criminal tried to evade capture by running across a garage rooftop in Waseca before opening fire on police, hitting officer Arik Matson in the head.

Tyler Janovsky, 37, of Waseca, has been charged with two counts of 1st-degree attempted murder for the shooting of the 32-year-old father-of-two, who remains in a critical condition in a Twin Cities hospital.

According to a criminal complaint, Janovsky was disturbed by police responding to a report of a suspicious person in the backyards along the 900 block of 3rd Avenue SE.

One officer came out onto a balcony to pursue Janovsky, prompting the suspect to flee onto an attached garage roof, crossing to the other side of the garage facing the front of the house.

Matson and two other officers then circled the house, with Janovsky firing a shot that missed one of them.

He then fired again, hitting Matson – who was in the front driveway – in the head. 

The other officers exchanged gunfire with Janovsky, ultimately hitting him. He was then arrested, with a black handgun recovered from the scene.

The complaint reveals that Janovsky has previously committed multiple crimes, including being an accessory to murder, making terroristic threats, several drug crimes, and burglary.

Matson's pastor, Kaleb Hurley at Hope Church in Albert Lea, gave a statement on behalf of his family on Tuesday, saying that Matson had undergone surgery, and that the surgery was successful.

He still faces a long road to recovery however, with a GoFundMe account set up in his name to cover his medical costs and assist his family. It has so far reached more than $137,000.

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