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Virginia Tech police chief praised for calm leadership

April 17, 2007
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Virginia Tech police chief praised for calm leadership

BLACKSBURG, Va.- When the hunt for a jail escapee shut down the Virginia Tech campus last August, then-interim police Chief Wendell Flinchum won praise for his calm demeanor and decision-making.

There were rumors prisoner William Charles Morva, accused of killing two people while on the run, had entered the Blacksburg campus.

Flinchum "never got excited," former Blacksburg police Chief Bill Brown told The Roanoke Times. "When he said something over the police radio, he was calm and what he said was well thought out."

Reporters may have misread that demeanor Monday, when one remarked that Flinchum seemed "dispassionate" about the campus shootings that left 32 people and the gunman dead in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history ...Full Story

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