Spencer Stone, the U.S. Air Force airman who was injured when he and two childhood friends tackled a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train in August, was stabbed while apparently protecting a friend in Sacramento, a defense official has confirmed.
Stone, 23, was stabbed outside a bar at 21st and K streets at 12:45 a.m. Thursday while out with four friends, ABC News affiliate KXTV reported.
“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,” Sacramento police said, adding that alcohol is believed to be a factor.
He was taken to UC Davis Medical Center, where he is recovering from significant but non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said two assailants fled in a car. No immediate arrests were made.
“This incident is not related to terrorism in any way,” Deputy Police Chief Ken Bernard said.