A Safeway grocery store is shown, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Redmond, Washington. Officials said the store is near where former Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers NFL football star Richard Sherman is believed to have left his car damaged after allegedly hitting cement barrier on a busy national road in the area during the early hours of the morning. Sherman was later arrested and jailed on Wednesday after authorities said he attempted to break into the home of a family member. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren)
A judge ordered former Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers star Richard Sherman to be released from jail without bail Thursday after his arrest on suspicion of trying to break into his beauty’s home -family.
King County District Court Judge Fa’amomoi Masaniai found probable cause Sherman committed criminal trespassing, malicious mischief, driving under the influence and resisting arrest. Prosecutors did not ask the judge to rule on a residential burglary allegation for which he was originally booked. They have not yet filed a complaint.
Masaniai refused to set a bond of $ 10,000 at the request of prosecutors. The judge called Sherman, who did not attend the hearing, a “pillar of the community” and noted that it was presumed he would be released as it was his first arrest. He ordered Sherman not to have contact with his stepfather and not to use alcohol or over-the-counter drugs.
“I love and support my husband,” Sherman’s wife Ashley Sherman said in a statement after the hearing. “I am committed to helping Richard get the support and care he needs. Richard has always been a loving father and husband. And we can’t wait to see him at home with his family.
Sherman was belligerent, had been drinking heavily and had talked about killing himself when he left his home in the Seattle suburb of Maple Valley on Tuesday night, according to police reports. Ashley Sherman called 911 for the police to arrest her.
He was arrested early Wednesday after police said he crashed his car in a construction area along a busy freeway east of Seattle and then attempted to break into the her in-laws’ home in the suburbs of Redmond.
His stepfather, Raymond Moss, told officers he armed himself with a handgun and shot pepper spray at the NFL cornerback to protect his family as Sherman attempted to smash the carries with his shoulder.
“The family started screaming in fear,” Moss told police. “I used pepper spray on Sherman’s face through the partially open door as he continued to knock and tried to enter. I told him to stop. I am armed with my handgun at the moment, fearing for my safety and that of my family. “
Officers were cautious before arresting Sherman because of his size, strength and aggressiveness, according to police reports released Thursday. After trying to defuse the situation, they decided to use less lethal force after warning Sherman that they would if he didn’t follow their orders.
They couldn’t use a Taser because they were afraid of igniting the chemical that Sherman’s stepfather had sprayed him with and couldn’t shoot a beanbag because they were too close to him. Instead, they released a police dog, which bit his ankle and caused a minor cut, as other officers struggled with him on the ground, according to reports.
In February, King County prosecutors and the sheriff obtained an “extreme risk protection order” for Sherman, which banned him from having firearms after a judge determined he was a danger. for himself or for others. Details of the case were sealed and it was not immediately clear whether any weapons had been seized from him.
Ashley Sherman told police her husband was taking antidepressants and receiving mental health counseling.
At Thursday’s hearing, Sherman’s attorney, Cooper Offenbecher, did not dispute the existence of a probable cause for the arrest. But he said Sherman should be released without bail, noting his good work in the community, including founding the Blanket Coverage Foundation, a charity that provides low-income students with school supplies and clothing.
“Richard Sherman is among the best in our community,” said Offenbecher. “He’s a good person and a good soul. He takes these allegations very seriously.
Sherman, 33, became a Seattle sports legend for seven seasons with the Seahawks. The cornerback was a star in their race to a 2014 Super Bowl victory, making a saving play to deflect a pass in the NFC Championship game against the 49ers.
He left the Seahawks after the 2017 season and played three seasons with San Francisco. He is now a free agent.