May 2, 2011 2:10 PM by Stephanie Collins
WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. official says Osama bin Laden went down firing at the Navy SEALs who stormed his compound.
An official familiar with the operation says bin Laden was hit by a barrage of carefully aimed return fire. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because aspects of the operation remain classified.
The official says two dozen SEALs in night-vision goggles dropped into the high-walled compound in Pakistan by sliding down ropes from Chinook helicopters in the overnight raid. U.S. officials say bin Laden was killed near the end of the 40-minute raid.
The SEALs retrieved bin Laden's body and turned the remaining detainees over to Pakistani authorities. Senior administration officials say the DNA testing offered nearly 100 percent certainty that it was, in fact, bin Laden who was killed.