SACRAMENTO (AP)- U.S. airman Spencer Stone says he awakened from a nap before springing into action and subduing a gunman on a high-speed train with two American travel companions.
In his first remarks since Friday’s attack on an Amsterdam-to-Paris train, Stone recounted how he and his friends took down the gunman before choking him unconscious. He also revealed the extent of the injuries he suffered in the struggle, saying doctors in France reattached his thumb after his hand was sliced. He was also stabbed in the neck.
Stone says he woke up and saw a man holding an assault rifle that appeared to be jammed. He says the man kept pulling weapons out of his bag, and “seemed like he was ready to fight to the end.”
Stone spoke at a news conference at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Paris along with Anthony Sadler and National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos. Ambassador Jane Hartley praised the three Americans, calling them heroes.