Officer Arik Matson returns home: 'Copy, I'll be en route'

The emotional moment was captured on video.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Officer Arik Matson returned home to Waseca on Monday, more than 10 months after he was shot in the head while responding to a call of a suspicious person. 

Matson was greeted by people lining the sidewalks going into Waseca all the way to the public safety building, but it's the start of his journey through the town of 8,900 residents that is pulling at the heartstrings. 

Matson, sitting in the passenger seat of a police cruiser, was dispatched home, with the 33-year-old responding: "Copy, I'll be en route." Waseca Police Department captured the special moment on video

"Today is a great day. Officer Arik Matson arrived home to Waseca to a hero’s welcome. He is our hero," Waseca PD's Facebook page says. "It was only by coincidence that Arik came home today, 10/19. In police radio talk, 10-19 means 'Return to Station.' Of all days he could have come home in the last 288 since Jan. 6 – how much more perfect could it be?"

Matson spent the better part of the past seven months away from his wife and two daughters at a rehab facility in Omaha, Nebraska. Now that he's home in Minnesota, a fundraising effort is underway to help the Matsons find reliable transportation to get him to many future medical appointments.

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

The fundraiser, which has so far generated upwards of $38,000 of a $80,000 goal, will help the Matsons afford a vehicle that can accommodate Matson's wheelchair and his wife and daughters. 

"While he has made great progress in his recovery he still will have a long road ahead of him," the GoFundMe explains. 

Matson was shot by Tyler Janovsky while 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. Janovsky has since pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer. 

Next Up

PD Shimmers closeup

Man with Parkinson's lights up Plymouth with synchronized light show

"The best medicine I have for my disease is what I try to do with the light show," Mike Justak said.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.34.43 AM

Watch: Drunk squirrel in Minnesota captures the world's attention

The squirrel was immediately cut off after nearly tipping over.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.15.09 PM

Small town gym refusing to close facing lawsuit from attorney general

The gym is facing a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order to halt their operations.

credit card, payment

Money Gal Coaching: Bouncing back after living your best life

Kelly Blodgett started Money Gal Coaching after paying down nearly $50K in debt in 18 months.

flickr-mall-of-america-mitchell-hirsch-march-2019

When do stores open on Black Friday this year?

Many major retailers will be open Black Friday, some for extended hours.

police tape, crime scene

Man found dead outside home near Cass Lake

The man was reportedly shot outside the property.

Minnesota_Welcome_Sign_-_Minnesota_Welcomes_You_-_Taylors_Falls_(28269804891)

Gov. Walz announces $1M in grants to boost Minnesota tourism

The money will be used for marketing efforts to attract people to Minnesota's hard-hit tourist spots.

coronavirus, ICU

Nov. 25 COVID-19 update: 72 deaths ties Minnesota's single-day high

A COVID-19 update will not be provided on Thanksgiving Day.

Texa-Tonka

Revival to open its fourth Twin Cities location

The fried chicken and smoked meat maestros are moving to St. Louis Park.

Related

Arik Matson

Waseca plans big greeting for officer Arik Matson's return home

The police officer was shot in the head while on duty in January.

Arik Matson

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

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

Screen Shot 2020-01-29 at 2.58.30 PM

Waseca hockey teams settle for patch to honor police officer

Full uniform changes didn't meet league rules, so they had to go with a smaller patch.

Arik Matson

Waseca officer Matson continues to recover after being shot

The 32-year-old police officer was shot in the line of duty on Jan. 6.

Arik Matson

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.

Arik Matson

Matson out of ICU 4 weeks after being shot in the head

The Waseca PD officer was shot in the head on Jan. 6.

Arik Matson

Waseca police officer takes first unassisted steps since shooting

It's been more than four months since Officer Matson was shot in the head.