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Man who helped disarm Paris train gunman stabbed repeatedly

Published 08/10/2015 | 16:35

French President Francois Hollande (L) awards U.S. Airman First Class Spencer Stone (R) with the Legion d'Honneur (the Legion of Honour) medal during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Michel Euler/Pool
French President Francois Hollande (L) awards U.S. Airman First Class Spencer Stone (R) with the Legion d'Honneur (the Legion of Honour) medal during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Michel Euler/Pool

One of the men who helped to disarm a gunman on a train bound for Paris has been stabbed.

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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.

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.

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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."

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.

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