Spencer Stone, an American serviceman who with two friends helped stop a jihadist attack on Paris-bound train, has been critically injured after being stabbed early Thursday morning in midtown Sacramento.
The United States Air Force first confirmed that Stone was the victim of a stabbing attack.
Airman 1st Class Stone “has been transported to a local hospital, and is currently being treated for injury,” an Air Force spokesman said. “The incident is currently under investigation by local law enforcement. He is currently in stable condition.”
Local news site KCRA reported that Stone suffered “multiple stab wounds to the torso,” and that due to the severity of his injuries, police had started a homicide investigation, expecting the American hero not to recover from his injuries.
“It is believed that the victim was out with a group of friends when a physical altercation led to the victim being stabbed multiple times in his upper body,” KCRA reported. “Detectives were called to the scene to assist with the investigation and the victim is currently being treated for what appears to be non-life threatening injuries.”
A suspect has yet to be publicly named by authorities. So far, a man and a woman have been questioned by police but, they were not arrested or taken into police custody.
Stone, along with Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos, stopped an Islamic terrorist, Ayoub El Khazzani, from committing mass-murder while aboard a Paris-bound train in late August. The jihadi was armed with an AK-47 rifle, a pistol, and a knife, but that did not stop Stone and his friends from subduing the terrorist. Stone, Sadler, and Skarlatos were honored at the Pentagon in September for their heroic actions that day. The trio were also awarded France’s Legion D’honneur medal by French President Francois Hollande.