Virginia Tech police chief Wendell Flinchum is arguing there were no signs following the shooting of two students in a dormitory in 2007 to indicate there was an additional safety threat to the campus in southwest Virginia.
Flinchum tells an administrative judge, in his words, "I don't believe we could have known that from what the scene presented."
He was appearing at the second day of an Education Department hearing on whether the school should pay $55,000 in fines in connection with the shooting rampage that left 33 dead, including the shooter.
Flinchum testifies the police department's conclusion was based on the isolated nature of the dorm room, the fact that there was no forced entry and the female victim was wearing pajamas and the male was in boxer shorts. He says it was believed it was a targeted domestic incident.