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NFL: Richard Sherman arrested after break-in attempt at in-laws’ home

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Free agent cornerback Richard Sherman was arrested in Redmond, Wash., early Wednesday morning after attempting to break into his in-laws’ house.

Per public records, Sherman was booked at 6:08 a.m. local time for “burglary domestic violence” at King County Correctional Facility in Seattle. The case is being investigated as a felony.

Redmond police chief Darrell Lowe confirmed during a press conference Wednesday that Sherman did not harm anyone. His case included the “domestic violence” citation because of the familial relation to the occupants of the home he tried to enter. Some damage was done to the front door.

Lowe said Sherman is also charged with resisting arrest and malicious mischief.

“At this time we’re going to make no statements, except he didn’t harm anybody,” Ashley Moss, Sherman’s wife, told the Seattle Times.

“My kids were not harmed in the incident. He’s a good person and this is not his character,” Moss said. “We’re doing all right, just trying to get him out. I want people to know no one was injured.”

Seattle-based radio station KIRO-FM obtained audio of the 911 call Moss made before Sherman left his home overnight.

“I need officers to my house now,” Moss told the 911 operator. “My husband is drunk and threatened to kill himself.”

“He’s trying to leave now, the house,” she went on. “He’s being aggressive. He’s wrestling with my uncle. He’s threatening to kill himself. He’s sent text messages to people saying he’s going to hang himself.”

The records denote that Sherman was denied bail, but a spokesman for the Redmond Police Department told ESPN that is standard procedure for suspects in a domestic violence incident until they appear before a judge.

Washington State Police are also investigating Sherman in connection to a single-car accident and damage to state Department of Transportation property that occurred at approximately 1 a.m. PT. The car, which is registered to Sherman, struck a concrete barrier and was abandoned in a nearby parking lot.

That investigation is ongoing. He has yet to be charged in relation to the car accident.

Per the spokesman for the Redmond Police Department, a 911 call from the residence was received at 2 a.m. PT. The person making the call said an adult male family member who did not live at the residence was attempting to force his way into the home.

Sherman was located outside the home when police arrived and initially fought with police to the point that a K9 dog was deployed to help bring him into custody, Lowe said. Both Sherman and the responding officer sustained minor injuries as a result of the K9 deployment and ensuing altercation, and Sherman was taken to a local hospital before later booked into the correctional facility.

The NFL Players Association released the following statement on Wednesday without mentioning Sherman by name:

“We were made aware of an arrest last night of one of our player leaders for an alleged domestic violence incident and have activated our domestic violence crisis protocol for the protection and support of everyone involved. We will continue to monitor events closely as more facts are made available to us.”

Sherman is a vice president on the NFL Player Association’s executive committee.

Sherman, 33, missed a career-high 11 games last season for the San Francisco 49ers. The five-time Pro Bowl selection recorded 18 tackles and one interception in five games before being released in February.

In the previous season, Sherman collected 61 tackles, three interceptions and 11 passes defended in 15 games while making his fifth Pro Bowl.

Sherman’s first seven seasons were spent with the NFC West rival Seahawks, with whom he made two Super Bowl appearances (winning one) and grabbed 32 interceptions. Sherman also earned three first-team All-Pro selections from 2012-14 as part of Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” defense.

In his 10 seasons, Sherman has amassed 484 tackles, 36 interceptions and 115 passes defended in 139 games (133 starts).

–Field Level Media

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