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Man who shot Waseca police officer in the head pleads guilty to attempted murder

Tyler Janovsky is scheduled to be sentenced in September.
Tyler Janovsky

Tyler Janovsky

The man charged with shooting a Waseca police officer in the head in January has pleaded guilty. 

Tyler Janovsky, 37, of Oak Park Heights, shot Arik Matson as the officer was responding to a call of a suspicious person with a flashlight in the back yard of a residence in Waseca on Jan. 6. 

According to court records, a hearing was held Thursday in which Janovsky pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree attempted murder of a peace officer. 

The first count is for Officer Arik Matson and the second count was combined for Sgt. Schroeder and Officer Harren, Waseca County Attorney Rachel Cornelius told BMTN.

All the other charges, including a firearm possession charge, were dismissed, Cornelius said. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 18 in which he is expected to get 35 years in prison for both counts.

In the six months since Matson was shot, he has made improvements in his recovery, with his Caringbridge page noting he is able to walk on his own for short distances, but he often finds he needs the help of an assistant more than not. 

"Arik's memory is all there. His appetite is back. He is able to write letters back and forth with his daughters weekly," the page said in a July 6 post.

He has undergone two surgeries and may need another one in the next few months, the page adds. 

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