Redmond, WA – National Football League free agent Richard Sherman is facing several criminal charges including suspicion of burglary domestic violence after he was arrested at his in-laws’ residence on Wednesday.
The Seattle Times reported that Sherman, 33, was being investigated for drunken driving and hit-and-run before he tried to force his way into his in-laws’ residence.
At about 1:30 a.m., police received a 911 call about a possibly impaired driver who drove a SUV into a closed construction zone. That 911 call was made by a worker in the construction zone who said it was lucky there were no injuries, ESPN reported.
When police found the vehicle, which was registered to Sherman, it had significant damage from an apparent collision with a concrete barrier.
Sherman’s wife, Ashley Moss, called 911 at around 1:50 a.m. and told the dispatcher that Sherman was drunk and threatened to commit suicide, according to Fox News. Moss also said that Sherman was aggressive and physical.
The police were searching for Sherman when they were alerted to the second 911 call from his wife, ESPN reported.
“He’s threatening to kill himself,” Moss told the dispatcher, according to Fox News. “He has sent text messages to people saying he’s going to hang himself… This is like a f*****g emergency, I need officers here now.”
At the in-laws’ residence, police talked to Sherman but the situation became more tense when they told him they were going to arrest him. Sherman began to walk away and started to increase his pace and the police used the K-9 unit to help arrest him, according to ESPN.
“At this time we’re going to make no statements, except he didn’t harm anybody,” Moss said, according to ESPN. “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.”
In his 10 NFL seasons, Sherman has made $82.7 million in salary.
Richmond Police Department Chief Darrell Lowe said that Sherman was charged with burglary domestic violence, resisting arrest, and malicious mischief, according to ESPN. Police said that Sherman could also be charged with misdemeanor DUI and hit-and-run charges for the incident in the construction zone, ESPN reported.
Sherman is being held without bail until he is arraigned on Thursday due to the domestic violence charges.