Airman First Class Spencer Stone, one of the three Americans who helped foil a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in August, was stabbed in Sacramento early Thursday, officials said.
The attack occurred near a bar at about 1 a.m. Thursday, the authorities said, and Airman Stone was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. He was being treated for what appeared to be “non-life-threatening but very significant injuries” to his upper body, sustained during an altercation with two men who fled the scene, according to Ken Bernard, a deputy police chief in Sacramento.
Deborah Lee James, the secretary of the Air Force, said on Facebook that she was “saddened” by the incident. “The circumstances for today’s incident are under investigation by the local law enforcement,” she wrote. “Meanwhile, please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Airman Stone and two friends were on a high-speed train bound for Paris in August when, after a stop in Brussels, they heard what sounded like gunfire.
After seeing the gunman struggling with another passenger, Airman Stone and two companions, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, rushed to subdue him. No one was critically hurt or killed in the attack, and the three were said by the French authorities to have saved many lives.
Airman Stone aided the other passenger because he is a trained medical technician whose “second instinct” is to help in a crisis, said Airman First Class Sean Murphy, a friend at the Lajes air base in the Azores, where both men serve as emergency medical personnel.
Airman Stone re-entered the news only days after his companion Mr. Skarlatos, who is from Roseburg, Ore., and is now a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars,” delivered a public tribute to the victims of an attack at Umpqua Community College on the television show on Monday.