Former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill said in an interview with The Washington Post that he was the one who fired the final shot to kill Osama bin Laden in 2011, the CNN website reports today (November 6, 2014).
The 38-year-old Montanan also said other SEAL team members were involved in the raid, including Mark Bissonnette, who detailed the group's experiences in his memoir, "No Easy Day."
O'Neill -- who had been serving as a SEAL for 15 years at the time of the bin Laden raid -- had participated in critical missions before, but said he feared this mission would be his most difficult. "I didn't think I would survive," he told the Post.
He said it was clear that bin Laden had been killed and not merely injured from his shot when he fell to the floor with a split skull. Before he was shot, bin Laden "had his hands on a woman's shoulders pushing her ahead," O'Neill recounts, likely to deflect the attack.