When Instinct Tells Us to Run Away, Some Run Toward Danger

The headline is a bit misleading. It was 3 American friends, and one British businessman. 3 American friends thwart would-be terrorist attack on European train – The Washington Post.

So a guy with ties to radical Islam slips onto a high-speed train with a Kalashnikov, lots of loaded magazines, a 9mm pistol and a box-cutter.

The attacker was in the bathroom when he was discovered by a French citizen. The man tried to subdue the attacker, but was thwarted by gunshots, [French Interior Minister Bernard] Cazeneuve said.

That’s when the Americans sprang into action. Spencer Stone, an Air Force serviceman who is stationed at Lajes Air Base in the Azores, heard the first shots go off and ran toward the attacker, said his friend Skarlatos, a member of the Oregon Army National Guard.

“Spencer ran a good 10 meters to get to the guy, and we didn’t know that his gun wasn’t working or anything like that. Spencer just ran anyway, and if anyone would’ve gotten shot it would’ve been Spencer, for sure,” Skarlatos told French television networks on Saturday.

Spencer Stone got the guy in a headlock while his friends disarmed the terrorist. In doing so he was cut with the box-cutter. But they got the guy subdued and hog-tied him. In the meantime, Stone went to the aid of another passenger who had a bleeding neck-wound. Stone remains in the hospital.

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