FORMER San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman has been arrested for “burglary domestic violence”.
He allegedly tried to break into his wife’s, Ashley Moss, parents’ home in Redmond, Washington.
What was said in Ashley Moss' 911?
An audio recording of Moss’s 911 call was obtained by KIRO in Seattle.
Sherman’s wife told the dispatcher he was drunk and had threatened to kill himself.
She added he was aggressive and physical.
Moss is heard saying: "He’s threatening to kill himself.
"He has sent text messages to people saying he’s going to hang himself… This is like a f**king emergency, I need officers here now."
Why was Richard Sherman arrested?
Sherman, 33, who is currently a free agent, was taken into custody by police in Redmond, Washington, July 14, 2021.
He is also being investigated for a possible DUI and hit-and-run, police told The Sun, after a car registered to Sherman was involved in a single-car crash involving a construction barrier.
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The car fled the scene by the time officers arrived but it was later found abandoned and severely damaged in a parking lot off an exit along Highway 520, around half a mile from where he was arrested.
Nobody was injured in either incident and Sherman did not make it into his in-law's home, Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe said in a press conference.
Sherman's wife, Ashley Moss, who was described as being "shaken", confirmed details surrounding Sherman's arrest to the Seattle Times.
“At this time we’re going to make no statements, except he didn’t harm anybody,” Moss said. “My kids were not harmed in the incident. He’s a good person and this is not his character.
"We’re doing all right, just trying to get him out. I want people to know no one was injured.”
Police were called to a home in Redmond at 2am this morning after occupants of the home claimed Sherman – who did not live there – was trying to break in.
The home was later revealed to belong to Moss' family. Four adults were inside the home at the time. It's unclear if any children were present.
Cops said Sherman was initially amiable with police, striking up a rapport with one officer whom he worked with as a valet when he was a teenager.
However, Lowe said Sherman's demeanour changed when the officers told him he was being placed under arrest.
Describing Sherman as uncooperative and combative, the star reportedly attempted to run away from the officers and at one stage became embroiled in a physical altercation.
Officers deployed a K9 unit to get Sherman under control.
He sustained a minor laceration to his leg in the altercation. An officer also suffered minor injuries.
Lowe emphasized that Sherman is not accused of having any physical altercations with anyone inside the home.
“Nobody in the house was injured in any way,” Lowe told reporters.
The alleged offense is labeled as “domestic violence” because of the relationship between the parties involved and “not because of violence against any family member or significant other”, the chief explained.
A motive is not known at this time.
Once police had Sherman in custody, he was taken to the hospital before being booked into jail.
Sherman, meanwhile, is being held on suspicion of domestic violence burglary, resisting arrest, and malicious mischief.
A charge of "burglary domestic violence" is a special charge in Seattle and tends to refer to someone entering or refusing to leave a house or dwelling within the context of a domestic dispute.
The malicious mischief charge relates to the damages Sherman allegedly caused to the home's door.
Sherman hasn't yet been formally charged as he's yet to appear before a judge. Bail has also not yet been set.
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