WASECA — The Waseca officer who was shot in the line of duty is coming home Monday. Community members are invited to welcome him home by lining the street as he arrives.
Officer Arik Matson, 33, is being released from a Nebraska rehabilitation facility and will arrive at the Waseca Public Safety at around noon.
An escort of emergency vehicles will bring him down State Street and people are invited to show their support by lining the sidewalks.
The Public Safety Building will be closed to the public Monday. Community members can visit the station before then to pick up free “Thin Blue Line” wristbands before then.
Matson was shot in the head Jan. 6 while responding with other officers to a suspicious person report. Tyler R. Janovsky, 38, pleaded guilty to the shooting. He is to be sentenced Nov. 6.
Matson will continue therapy in Minnesota, his wife, Megan Matson, wrote on his CaringBridge page earlier this month.
“Arik is moving in the right direction slowly but surely,” she wrote.
Waseca Police Chief Penny Vought said in a statement Wednesday:
“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.
Vought went on to thank the health care workers who cared for Matson, the members of law enforcement who have “watched over him” as he recovers and the “countless number of people” who sent well wishes.
“Your support will never be forgotten,” she said.
Another parade is planned for Matson in Freeborn where he and his family live.