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Witness: Shots not justified

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Couple disputes state police version of events

By Martin Salazar

A woman who says she witnessed the end of Saturday night’s police pursuit on Interstate 25 contends that the wrong-way driver did nothing to provoke being shot.

Helen Vargas, of Romeroville, told the Optic that she and her husband heard the commotion on the interstate and went to see what was happening.

State police have said in news releases and in court documents that the wrong-way driver, 72-year-old Albert Urban of Hamburg, N.Y., was shot after he “drove aggressively towards one of the officers.”


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