Former SEAL Rob O'Neill, claimed killer of terrorist Bin Laden, arrested and charged in Texas incident

August 28, 2023
Ben Marquis

Former U.S. Navy SEAL Rob O'Neill achieved legendary status among many Americans due to his claim of responsibility for the fatal shots that killed Al Qaeda terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden during a 2010 raid in Pakistan.

That claim to fame was apparently not sufficient to keep O'Neill out of handcuffs, however, as he was reportedly arrested earlier this week in Frisco, Texas, according to the Western Journal.

His alleged crimes don't appear to be too serious, however, as he was permitted to bail himself out of jail shortly after he was taken into police custody.

Arrested and charged

The Dallas Morning News reported that O'Neill was arrested and booked into Collin County jail on Wednesday, though details are sparse as to exactly what occurred.

What is known, according to the outlet, is that the famous SEAL veteran has been hit with a Class A misdemeanor charge of assault causing bodily injury and a Class C misdemeanor charge of public intoxication.

It is further known that O'Neill was able to post a $3,500 bond to secure his release from jail just a short while later on the same day that he had been arrested.

The newspaper noted that O'Neill declined to respond to a request for comment as well as that it was unknown if he had an attorney to represent him.

It was further noted that the Montana native who now resides in Tennessee, according to the arrest records, was in Frisco to record an episode of a podcast program in a local cigar lounge and bar.

Due to the lack of details shared by the Frisco police, it is unclear if the alleged incident of assault and public intoxication occurred at that same establishment where the podcast episode was to be recorded.

Other controversies

O'Neill is actually no stranger to controversy, which includes his claim to fame as the SEAL Team Six member who fatally shot Bin Laden that was first revealed in his 2014 memoir, "The Operator."

While there is no evidence to contradict his claim, some have nonetheless disputed his account of what occurred or criticized him for publicly taking credit for the secretive assassination of the reviled terrorist leader deemed responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks and other deadly acts of terror.

O'Neill also more recently sparked controversy among some in 2020 when, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, he was kicked off a Delta Airlines flight and banned by the company for life due to his refusal to wear a required face mask.

Arrested and charged with DUI in 2016, though charge was ultimately dropped

Nor is this his first run-in with the law, as CBS News reported in 2016 that the famous SEAL veteran was arrested in Montana and charged with driving under the influence after he was found asleep behind the wheel of a running vehicle in a convenience store parking lot around 2:30 a.m.

That charge was ultimately dropped, however, after it was determined that his condition had been attributable to prescription medication he took to deal with symptoms related to his military service as well as an agreement for him to undergo certain treatment through the Department of Veterans Affairs to deal with his issues.

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