Richard Sherman booked, being investigated for domestic violence

Free-agent cornerback Richard Sherman was booked at 6:08 a.m. local time Wednesday at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle and is being investigated for burglary domestic violence, which is a felony charge, according to public records.

Records state he was denied bail, but a spokesman for the Redmond (Washington) Police Department told ESPN that is standard procedure for suspects of domestic violence until they can appear before a judge. Sherman’s hearing before a judge will not take place until Thursday afternoon.

The Washington State Police also are investigating Sherman for a separate incident that happened an hour earlier Wednesday. Sherman is being investigated by the state police in connection to a hit-and-run and damage to state Department of Transportation property, a spokesman told ESPN.

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

When police arrived, Sherman was outside the home. He fought with police but was eventually apprehended, with the help of a K-9 unit, and taken to a local hospital to be checked. After he was cleared medically, he was booked into the King County Correctional Facility.

The spokesman said no one at the residence was injured.

The Washington State Police received a report of a single-car accident at approximately 1 a.m. PT. The car, which was registered to Sherman, had struck a concrete barrier and was abandoned in a nearby parking lot.

In the course of trying to track down Sherman on a blood search warrant, which was sought to determine whether he was impaired related to the hit-and-run, state police then were in touch with Redmond police. They ended up at the scene of the 911 call and identified Sherman on the scene.

The investigation is ongoing, and he has not yet been criminally charged in relation to the alleged domestic violence or hit-and-run.

Sherman, 33, completed his third season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2020 after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Seattle Seahawks.

Sherman also is a vice president of the NFL Players Association’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,” the NFLPA said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor events closely as more facts are made available to us.”

Sherman has been selected to five Pro Bowls and is a three-time first-team All-Pro in his 10 NFL seasons.

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