National Guardsman's Dad: 'Instinct, Gut Reaction' Prompted Son to Foil Train Attack
The parents of a National Guardsman say they’re “extremely proud” of their son for taking down a gunman on a train in France.
National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, Air Force serviceman Spencer Stone and Sacramento State University senior Anthony Sadler tackled and disarmed a gunman on a high-speed train that was traveling between Amsterdam and Paris.
Stone was slashed by the gunman’s box cutter, but is expected to be OK.
Emanuel Skarlatos said this morning on “Fox and Friends” that he asked his son, Alek, what made him jump into action.
“He said just instinct and gut reaction and survival,” the proud father said, explaining that the three men knew the situation was dire and that they had to act fast.
Stepmom Karen Skarlatos said that she never thought in a million years that they’d get a call like this from Alek.
“Yet, not for a moment would I ever doubt that he had the courage, the strength, and the tenacity to do just that because he’s just that kind of guy,” she said.