Bomb scare at home of ex-transit cop

January 15, 2009 8:02:03 AM PST
About 50 people were evacuated from their homes after the parents of a former transit police officer charged with shooting an unarmed man found two suspicious packages on their porch. The Napa County Sheriff's department says the parents of Johannes Mehserle found two packages on their porch Wednesday evening.

Bomb squad officers evacuated the neighborhood while trying to determine the contents of the packages. When authorities could not determine what was inside, they destroyed them.

The residents were then allowed to return home.

Mehserle and his family have received death threats since the New Year's Day shooting of Oscar Grant. Mehserle is a former Bay Area Rapid Transit officer. He arrested on the murder charge Tuesday in Nevada.