Richard Sherman arrested: What to know about the burglary domestic violence investigation

By | July 14, 2021

Richard Sherman was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of burglary domestic violence. The NFL free agent was booked at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle and denied bail, according to public records. The case has been sealed, per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, who noted an “extreme risk protection order” has been mandated, according to the notice in King County Superior Court.

Sherman, 33, played for the 49ers the past three seasons after starring for the Seahawks from 2011-17. He is also a vice president for the NFL Players Association, which issued a statement Wednesday confirming Sherman’s arrest.

Below is a summary of the events that led to Sherman’s arrest, based on police accounts and media reports.

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Sherman was arrested and booked at 6:08 a.m. Wednesday morning at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle on suspicion of burglary domestic violence.

A Redmond Police Department spokesperson told TMZ that “officers showed up to a residence in the Redmond area after receiving a call from the occupants inside the home who claimed a family member who did not live there was trying to break in.” They went on to arrest Sherman, but his wife, Ashley Moss, said that everything was OK after the incident.

“He didn’t harm anybody. My kids were not harmed in the incident,” Moss said to The Seattle Times. “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.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report news of Sherman’s arrest and also reported that he was denied bail.

Sherman was denied bail because a judge needs to set bail “due to the felony nature of the incident,” per NBC Sports Northwest’s Joe Fann. His hearing will occur on Thursday afternoon. Until then, he’ll remain in the King County Correction Facility.

In addition to his arrest on burglary domestic violence charges, Schefter reports Sherman is being investigated in connection to a single-car hit and run. The car involved in the accident is registered to Sherman.

The NFLPA released a statement about Sherman’s arrest and confirmed that the organization had activated its “domestic violence crisis protocol.” Sherman is one of the vice presidents on the NFLPA’s executive committee.

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.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Why was Richard Sherman arrested?

Police responded to a residence in the Redmond area after a family member that didn’t live at the home attempted to break in, per TMZ. That was allegedly Sherman, though police wouldn’t confirm the name of the suspect.

Sherman was arrested on suspicion of burglary domestic violence and denied bail. Additionally, an “extreme risk protection order” has been mandated in this case.

Authorities have yet to officially provide further details about Sherman’s arrest. The case is sealed, according to a notice filed in King County Superior Court.

What is burglary domestic violence?

Washington state law defines two degrees of burglary charges that can be involved with domestic violence. The lesser of the two is burglary in the second degree.

The charge is defined as follows, according to domestic violence defense firm Karimi Law

A person is guilty of burglary in the second degree if, with intent to commit a crime against a person or property therein, he or she enters or remains unlawfully in a building other than a vehicle or a dwelling.

This is considered a Class B felony. If convicted, penalties can include:

  • Up to 10 years of jail time
  • A fine up to $20,000

The first-degree offense is more severe and considered a Class A felony.

A person is guilty of burglary in the first degree if, with intent to commit a crime against a person or property therein, he or she enters or remains unlawfully in a building and if, in entering or while in the building or in immediate flight therefrom, the actor or another participant in the crime (a) is armed with a deadly weapon, or (b) assaults any person.

The penalties for first-degree burglary domestic violence can include:

  • A lifetime jail sentence
  • Up to $50,000 in fines

Charges in domestic violence cases will be filed by the state, not the victim. It’s up to Washington state prosecutors to decide if they will press charges against Sherman.

Richard Sherman arrest timeline

  • Sherman was arrested on the morning of July 14 at 6:08 a.m. He was denied bail and his case carries an “extreme risk protection order.”
  • Sherman is also being investigated in a single-car hit-and-run accident. The car involved was registered to him.
  • Sherman is a free agent at this time. He played in just five games for the 49ers in 2020, making 18 tackles and recording one interception.