Waseca officer Arik Matson, 32, is still in critical condition in the hospital, but he has responded to questions by squeezing a finger or giving a thumbs-up sign, Hope Church 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."
"We want to continue to ask God that God will preserve his life," the pastor added, "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 husband and father to two young girls was gravely wounded Jan. 6 as he and three officers responded to a call about a suspicious person roaming backyards in the city 70 miles south of Minneapolis, KSFY reported.
Tyler Janovsky, from Minnesota, was charged with three counts of attempted murder of a peace officer and possession of a firearm by an ineligible person on Wednesday after he shot Matson in the head.
Hurley also created a GoFundMe page to help Matson's wife and two children with medical expenses and basic necessities. The page has raised over $170,000 as of Thursday, with a goal of $250,000.
Matson, who is still facing a long road to recovery, has served as a police officer since 2013. He has also served as a SWAT team member, a city councilman and volunteer firefighter, according to CBS 4 in Minneapolis.