Tyler Robert Janovsky, the man who seriously wounded Waseca police officer Arik Matson Monday evening in the southern Minnesota community, has a long criminal history, including a felony conviction in Otter Tail County in 2017.
According to Otter Tail County court records, the 37-year-old was convicted of first-degree felony burglary on Jan. 23, 2017, in Seventh District Court. He was sentenced to the Minnesota Corrections Facility St. Cloud for 60 months but was credited with 246 days served.
Janovsky faced five felonies and one misdemeanor after he broke into a rural Ottertail residence May 22, 2016. Janovsky was naked and being pinned down by the homeowner when a deputy arrived at the scene. Afterward, Janovsky admitted he could not remember the events leading up to his arrest because he had used methamphetamine the prior evening.
In addition to his trouble in Otter Tail County, court records show Janovsky has faced a variety of criminal charges in Blue Earth, Watonwan, Stearns, Benton and Waseca counties dating back to 2000.
During Monday night’s incident in Waseca, Matson was one of four police officers who responded to reports of a suspicious person outside a residence. According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, When Janovsky encountered the 32-year-old shot Matson he shot the officer in the head. Matson’s fellow officers returned fire and shot Janovsky twice. Both men were airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. While Janovsky’s wounds are nonlife-threatening, Matson has been listed in critical but stable condition.
At the time of the incident, Janovsky was wanted on a drug complaint and was considered armed and dangerous. The Waseca officers were not aware that Janovsky was the the suspicious person when they answered the call for service.