VIDEO: US hailed heroes who stopped gunman in France speak

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.

U.S. Spencer Stone waves as he leaves the police station in Arras, northern France, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. A gunman  prepared to open fire with an automatic weapon on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris Friday, wounding several people before being subdued by passengers, officials said. Spencer Stone is one of the passengers credited with subduing the gunman. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
U.S. Spencer Stone waves as he leaves the police station in Arras, northern France, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. A gunman prepared to open fire with an automatic weapon on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris Friday, wounding several people before being subdued by passengers, officials said. Spencer Stone is one of the passengers credited with subduing the gunman. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

 

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.

In this image made from TV, Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University, who helped overpower high-speed train attacker talks to the media early Saturday Aug. 22, 2015, in Arras, France.  Three Americans and a Briton are together being hailed as heroes for tackling and disarming a gunman they encountered on a high-speed train traveling between Amsterdam and Paris Friday evening. (AP Photo /APTN) TV OUT - FRANCE OUT
In this image made from TV, Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University, who helped overpower high-speed train attacker talks to the media early Saturday Aug. 22, 2015, in Arras, France. Three Americans and a Briton are together being hailed as heroes for tackling and disarming a gunman they encountered on a high-speed train traveling between Amsterdam and Paris Friday evening. (AP Photo /APTN) TV OUT – FRANCE OUT 

 

Members of a police forensics team take part in an investigation next to a Thalys train on the platform at Arras train station, northern France, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. A gunman  prepared to open fire with an automatic weapon on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris Friday, wounding several people before being subdued by passengers, officials said. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
Members of a police forensics team take part in an investigation next to a Thalys train on the platform at Arras train station, northern France, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. A gunman prepared to open fire with an automatic weapon on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris Friday, wounding several people before being subdued by passengers, officials said. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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