WSIL -- May 2, 2011 U.S. Navy Seals killed Osama Bin Laden. Our Kevin Hunsperger recently had the chance to interview Seal Rob O'Neill about the mission.
O'Neill says one of his colleagues used himself as a human shield against two potential suicide bombers as they approached the room where Bin Laden was hiding.
"It was one of the most incredibly brave things. I learn to the right and there was Bin Laden standing there three feet away with his hands on his wife's shoulders in front of me. He was taller than she was, so he was a threat to us and to the team so I treated him like a suicide bomber and shot him three times. It was over before it started," said O'Neill.
Kevin asked, "It was that quick? Did you have time to process what you were facing? This man was the most wanted and dangerous man in the world for almost 10 years?"
"No, there was no reason to say anything. He was a threat. I went through the rules of engagement. I've dealt with suicide bombers before. It's very fast and permanent. If you don't handle it as soon as you see it, and classify it as a threat, it can go sideways for everyone. I needed to take him down right then. In less than a second I saw him, proper identification and I pulled the trigger," said O'Neill.
The full interview can be heard on the 25th Hour Radio Show.