Former Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was arrested earlier today after authorities said he pointed a loaded gun at a woman he was arguing with and told her, “I’ll kill you bitch.” The arrest happened shortly after 3 a.m. this morning in Florida’s Osceola County; Jackson was booked into local jail on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and later released on bond.
According to the charging affidavit, the woman told the deputy that she, Jackson and another person, whose name was redacted, were visiting from Alabama on vacation. She and Jackson had spent most of the trip arguing. They spent part of Thursday night apart, and then Jackson came back intoxicated, the woman told the Osceola Sheriff’s Office. Jackson kicked in the bedroom door and started yelling, the woman said. They got in another verbal fight and Jackson started packing his stuff.
The woman went downstairs and grabbed a knife. She said “she was in fear, not knowing what Jackson was going to do since he was drunk,” the affidavit said. She told the deputy that Jackson becomes violent when he drinks and he “has hit her in the past.” When Jackson started to come downstairs, she went upstairs without the knife.
When the deputy talked to Jackson, he said nothing had happened and the two of them were just arguing. Jackson said there were no firearms in the house, but deputies saw handgun on the kitchen counter.
Another person who was there said that Jackson and the woman had been arguing a lot. He said he did hold Jackson back but no gun was involved. A second person said she heard Jackson yell “I could kill that bitch” and later, “She gone run today. She gone run today.” After his arrest, Jackson changed his story to say he did grab his book bag with a gun inside of it because the woman had a knife in her hand.
Jackson has spent the past three years as the backup quarterback to Russell Wilson in Seattle. Before that, his longest stint was five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He’s currently a free agent.
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