The officer with the Waseca (MN) Police Department shot in the head earlier this month faces a long road of recovery, but is showing signs that progress is being made as he is squeezing the fingers of individuals asking him questions and giving the occasional "thumbs up" sign.

Arik Matson remains in critical condition, and Hope Church pastor Kaleb Hurley said in a video update posted to Facebook that it's a "miracle" he's even alive.

Hurley implored his congregation to continue to pray for Matson.

"Please, please press in to God," Hurley said.

The suspected gunman—identified as Tyler Janovsky—was charged with three counts of attempted murder of a peace officer and possession of a firearm by an ineligible person