Man pleads guilty to shooting, wounding Waseca officer

WASECA, Minn. (AP) — A man accused of shooting and seriously wounding a southern Minnesota police officer has pleaded guilty to attempted murder.

Thirty-seven-year-old Tyler Robert Janovsky pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer during a hearing in Waseca County District Court.

Prosecutors say Janovsky shot Waseca Officer Arik Matson in the head as Matson and other officers responded to a call of a suspicious person with a flashlight in a backyard on Jan. 6. The Mankato Free Press reports that Matson is still recovering in a Nebraska rehabilitation facility. Sentencing is set for Sept. 18.

Janovsky faces 35 years in prison under his plea agreement.

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