Not long ago, he was hailed as a “hero” who helped stop a “terrorist” attack on-board a train bound for Paris.
U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, along with two of his friends, were stabbed and wounded in their bid to bring down the attacker reportedly carrying an AK-47 and attempting to kill passengers in Europe.
The media celebrated his bravery, putting Stone on TV with such personalities as Jimmy Kimmel, and using his image as a small example of American exceptionalism.
Now, in a turn of irony, or perhaps an attraction to dangerous circumstances, Stone was stabbed again.
This time, it was in Sacramento, California on the street outside a bar. Security camera footage shows a group of men stabbing Spencer Stone, after which he apparently walks away from the situation with non-critical injuries:
According to CNN:
Just weeks ago, U.S. Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone was tending to stab wounds after famously helping thwart a gun attack on a European train, feted internationally as a hero.
On Thursday he was in serious condition at a California hospital, having been stabbed again — this time during a night out with friends in an altercation for which he faces no criminal accusations, officials say.
What starts with a few punches thrown on a dark street corner quickly spills into the street. Five or six people are in the middle of it all pushing, shoving and trading blows.
One man falls to the ground at one point, only to quickly bounce back. Eventually, the two sparring sides go their separate ways.
Stone was one of those who walked away. But he did so with multiple stab wounds, Sacramento Deputy Police Chief Ken Bernard told reporters.
Authorities indicated that they don’t believe Stone did anything criminal in the events that led up to the altercation, though they are still investigating and it is known that several of the people involved were on a night out drinking.
So far, details of what may have led to the incident have not been discussed. It is believed that his status as a celebrated ‘hero’ was not a motive for the attack, however.
Everybody send prayers out to the stone family today
— alek skarlatos (@alekskarlatos) October 8, 2015
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