911 Calls Describe Moments Before Richard Sherman's Arrest

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A Seattle radio station has obtained the recording of a 911 call that Ashley Moss, Richard Sherman's wife, reportedly made moments before her husband was arrested. In the call, Moss can be heard having an emotional conversation with a combative operator as she explains that Sherman had potentially been drinking. Making matters worse, Moss indicated that Sherman was dealing with mental health issues and he may have threatened to commit suicide.

"He’s trying to leave now. He’s being aggressive. He’s wrestling with my uncle," she said.

"He’s threatening to kill himself. He’s sent text messages to people saying he’s going to hang himself."

As the call developed, Moss told the dispatcher that Sherman was unarmed and pleaded with the authorities not to shoot him once they arrived. In addition, she indicated that Sherman was trying to leave in his car, but she had shut off the gate to prevent him from leaving.

"He’s said that if the police show up, he’ll try to fight them," she added.

KIRO also obtained a second 911 call that was placed by Moss' uncle. In the eight-minute phone call, Moss' uncle said that Moss was attempting to leave and Sherman followed her in his car. Ultimately, Sherman was detained by police and booked on burglary domestic violence charges. Also, he is facing potential charges for an alleged hit-and-run that took place earlier that day. He is expected to receive bail after meeting with a judge on Thursday.

After news of Sherman's arrest was shared with the public, Moss offered a public statement regarding the matter. She explained that no one was harmed in their encounter and she is working to have him released once he receives bail.

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

“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.”

Reading about Black trauma can have an impact on your mental health. If you or someone you know need immediate mental health help, text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 to be connected to a certified crisis counselor. These additional resources are also available: 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

The National Alliance on Mental Illness 1-800-950-6264

The Association of Black Psychologists 1-301-449-3082

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America 1-240-485-1001

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