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Former Seahawks, 49ers CB Richard Sherman arrested on suspicion of 'burglary domestic violence'

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Free agent cornerback Richard Sherman was arrested early Wednesday morning in King County, Washington, on suspicion of burglary domestic violence. According to public records, the case is being investigated as a felony. 

Sherman was denied bail, but a spokesman for the Redmond Police Department told ESPN it's standard procedure to hold domestic violence suspects without bail until they appear in front of a judge. 

Information on arrest, alleged hit and run

In a press release, the Redmond Police Department revealed more details about the arrest, which was allegedly preceded by a one-car hit-and-run that is also connected to Sherman. Via the Seattle Times:

“At 11:26 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13, Redmond Police were notified by the King County Sheriff’s Office that Sherman was possibly traveling to Redmond. At approximately 1:49 a.m. on Wednesday, July 14, Redmond police officers were called to a residence for a reported in-progress burglary. Sherman was attempting to force entry into a family member’s home.

“Officers arrived and located Sherman outside the home. The suspect fought with officers while being taken into custody, resulting in a Redmond K9 team being deployed to assist in gaining control.

“Troopers with the Washington State Patrol were also on-scene investigating a hit and run incident. The individual is suspected of leaving his severely damaged vehicle and fleeing on foot after striking a cement barrier to an SR 520 off-ramp prior to him arriving at the residence.”

The Seattle Times spoke with a Washington State Trooper about the alleged hit-and-run, which is also being investigated as a DUI.

The State Patrol responded to a one car collision on eastbound Highway 520 near the 148th Avenue Northeast exit around 1 a.m., said Trooper Rick Johnson. The vehicle, which had crashed into a jersey barrier, had left the scene by the time troopers arrived but it was found disabled or abandoned off the exit, Johnson said.

Troopers ran the license plate, which led them to an address in Redmond, where they assisted Redmond police in placing a man into custody, he said. Troopers observed indications of possible impairment and obtained a warrant for a blood draw, said Johnson.

Sherman has yet to be charged with a crime. Once the prosecutor's office receives the case, he'll be due to appear in court on Thursday afternoon, when a judge will make a determination on probable cause for an arrest and set bail if necessary. 

A spokesman for the Redmond Police clarified that Sherman was arrested on suspicion of "domestic violence" because the parties involved are related, not because anyone was injured. 

Redmond police chief Darrell Lowe confirmed that, and gave more details on Sherman's arrest at a press conference Wednesday.

Lowe said the incident took place at Sherman's in-laws' house. He said Sherman engaged in a conversation that began amicably, and then turned confrontational.

Lowe added Sherman's conversation with police began the same way. But things became confrontational when Sherman was told he would be taken into custody.

Statements from Sherman's wife, NFLPA

Sherman's wife, Ashley Moss, gave a short statement to the Seattle Times, but didn't discuss any of the events that led up to her husband's arrest. 

“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.”

The NFL Players Association also released a statement about Sherman's arrest. Sherman has served on the NFLPA Executive Committee since 2016, and was last reelected in 2020. 

Sherman, 33, is a 10-year NFL veteran. He spent seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks before signing with the San Francisco 49ers before the 2018 season. He was released by the Niners in February following the end of his three-year contract, and has yet to sign with a new team for the 2021 season. 

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