"Prisonplanet" says that they received anonymous telephone calls from police and EMT's who claim that a stand down order was in place. This account was confirmed by eyewitness and Blacksburg local Matt Kazee, owner of "thetruthmovement.net".
When Matt pressed the local EMT’s about their lack of action they told him that they were to wait until “federal forces” arrived. The site claims that this explains the non-response between the shooting that took place early that morning and the shooting that took place later in the day.
The policy of federal control over the University was put in place following a previous shooting in August of 2006. In this pervious shooting a police officer and a hospital security guard were killed.In addition, a former long-term University police officer, George French, told "prisonplanet"that it is routine to seal off a campus on which a suspected gunman is loose.
“Setting up a series of roadblocks, controlling access to very large pieces of property, is very much routine on any university campus in Canada and in the United States,” said French.
“After a double homicide, when you’re looking for a dangerous fellow with a firearm, I find it unfathomable that a series of roadblocks weren’t set up…to prevent the felon from escaping.”French could find no logical conclusion other than deliberate inaction on the part of officials.