Sacramento police say U.S. Air Force airman Spencer Stone, one of three Americans who thwarted a train attack in France in August, was stabbed in Sacramento during an unrelated altercation. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. U.S. Air Force airman Spencer Stone, one of the three Americans who thwarted a train attack in France in August, was stabbed in Sacramento early on Thursday during an altercation, Sacramento Police said. "It's believed that Mr. Stone was out in the area with a group of friends last night when a physical altercation led to him being stabbed. Immediately after the assault, the suspects fled the scene," Ken Bernard, Deputy Chief of the Sacramento Police Department said during a news conference, adding that Stone's injuries were non-life threatening and he was being treated at a California hospital. Bernard said there was no connection between the stabbing on Thursday and what occurred aboard the train in France. Stone and two friends, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos, who is part of the Oregon Army National Guard, subdued a gunman on a high-speed train bound for Paris in August, winning accolades from the presidents of France and the United States. The three men, who grew up in the area of California's capital city, were touring Europe, partly to celebrate Skarlatos' return from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, when they took don the man armed with a box-cutter, a pistol and an AK-47 assault rifle. Stone was briefly hospitalized in France for cuts the attacker inflicted on him. No one has been arrested in connection with the stabbing, police said. Stone, who works in a medical unit, had been stationed in the Azores but recently was transferred to Travis Air Force Base about 40 miles (64 km) southwest of Sacramento, Air Force spokeswoman Captain Brooke Brzozowske said. He has been slated for a promotion to staff sergeant, she said. Stone, Sadler and Skarlatos were honored with a parade through Sacramento last month.