The pastor of Hope Church in Minnesota has asked for prayer for a police officer who was shot in the head after he recently started to show signs of life.
Waseca officer, Arik Matson, 32, is critical in hospital, but is responding to questions by squeezing a finger or giving a thumbs-up sign.
Pastor Kaleb Hurley said in a video update, “Make no mistake, … Arik still has a really long road ahead of him,” Hurley stated. “It’s a miracle he’s alive.”
He continued telling his church followers to pray to God to preserve his life, and “that Arik will be able to have a life that will be full and filled with relationships with his wife and children and his community.”
The officer who is married and a dad-of-two young girls was shot on Jan. 6 as he and three officers were on duty to investigate a suspicious person who was roaming backyards in the city 70 miles south of Minneapolis.
The culprit, Tyler Janovsky, from Minnesota, has been charged with three counts of attempted murder of a police officer and possession of a firearm by an ineligible person.
Hurley has made a GoFundMe page to help Matson’s wife and two children with medical expenses and basic necessities, and the page has raised $170,000 as of now, with a goal of $250,000.
Matson has served as a police officer since 2013 and has also been a SWAT team member, city councilman and volunteer firefighter. Our hearts and prayers go out to this young police officer and we cry out to God to heal him completely and restore him fully well so that he can continue serving God and take care of is young family.