MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Waseca police officer shot in the head during a standoff in January is coming home next Monday.

Officer Arik Matson was shot while responding to a call of a suspicious person in a neighborhood in Waseca on the evening of Jan. 6.  Since the incident, Matson has undergone multiple surgeries and extensive treatments.

On Wednesday, the Waseca Police Department shared the news of Matson’s return on their Facebook page, inviting the public to line the sidewalks of State Street from the Waseca Junior/Senior High School to the Public Safety building to welcome him home.

Waseca Police Chief Penny Vought released the following statement on Matson’s return home:

“The day we have hoped for is finally almost here. Arik will soon be home with his family, his law enforcement family and his friends. We have missed him tremendously and will continue to support him as he recovers from his injuries. We would like to acknowledge and express our deepest gratitude to the first responders, doctors and nurses who saved his life. We also would like to thank the numerous retired and current law enforcement officers who watched over him at various facilities and the essential workers who provided outstanding care to him during his healing journey. Lastly, thank you to the countless number of people throughout Minnesota and the United States who have sent their well wishes to Arik and to us. Your support will never be forgotten.”

In July, Tyler Janovsky pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder.

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