Johannes Mehserle, 27, of Lafayette, was taken into custody in Douglas County, Nevada, said Deputy Steve Velez of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The arrest was also confirmed by David Chai, chief of staff to Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums.
Mehserle was arrested in connection with the New Year's Day shooting of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old supermarket worker from Hayward. An Alameda County judge signed an arrest warrant, and Mehserle surrendered without incident, authorities said.
The shooting, which was video recorded by passengers and widely circulated on the Internet and television, prompted public outrage, and some viewers said that the shooting appeared to be an execution.
Sources said Mesherle was in Nevada because he feared for his safety after death threats were made against him. Douglas County is 15 miles south of Carson City in northwestern Nevada and includes Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley.
Douglas County sheriff's officials refused to disclose what crime Mehserle was accused of committing in the arrest warrant. Deputy Velez said Sheriff Ron P. Pierini would make a statement on Wednesday.
Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff was expected to announce details of the arrest Wednesday. He could not be reached late Tuesday.
Efforts to reach attorneys for Mehserle were also unsuccessful late Tuesday.
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