Man who helped disarm Paris train gunman stabbed repeatedly
Published 08/10/2015 | 16:35
One of the men who helped to disarm a gunman on a train bound for Paris has been stabbed.
US airman Spencer Stone was reportedly stabbed at least three times in the torso in California.
He is said to be in stable condition following the incident which occurred in the early hours of this morning (local time).
The 23-year-old received a Purple Heart medal for his valiant actions in France, an unusual award of the honor to a serviceman wounded while not in a combat zone.
Airman 1st Class Stone is in stable condition. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts. http://t.co/IQ2Z1YoBra— U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) October 8, 2015
Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, a civilian, were vacationing in Europe in August when they saw a gunman on board a train from Amsterdam to Paris armed with a box cutter, a pistol, and a Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle.
It was initially thought Mr Stone would not survive and a homicide investigation was launched, according to KCRA‑TV.
A spokesman for the US Air Force confirmed the incident, saying: "He (Mr Stone) was involved in an incident and is in a stable condition."
Update: The assault incident is not related to a terrorist act. Assault occurred near a bar, alcohol is believed to be a factor.— Sacramento Police (@SacPolice) October 8, 2015
He added: "At approximately 1 a.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time), Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, Air Force service member who helped thwart a gunman's attack on a French train in August, was involved in a stabbing incident in Sacramento.
"He was transported to a local hospital."
France awarded the men with the country's highest honor, the Legion d'honneur, for helping to disarm the gunman.
In addition to the Purple Heart, Stone received the Airman's Medal, the Air Force's highest non-combat award for bravery.