Yelm Man Dies While in Custody at Jail

BY MICHAEL WAGAR mwagar@yelmonline.com
Posted 4/15/16

Andrew Westling, a 19-year-old Yelm man, was found dead while in custody in his cell at the Nisqually Jail Tuesday morning after being arrested at 10:41 p.m. Sunday at the Yelm Arco AM/PM located at …

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Yelm Man Dies While in Custody at Jail

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Andrew Westling, a 19-year-old Yelm man, was found dead while in custody in his cell at the Nisqually Jail Tuesday morning after being arrested at 10:41 p.m. Sunday at the Yelm Arco AM/PM located at the intersection of Yelm Avenue East and Bald Hill Road.

Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock called it an “unexpected death,” adding “this was not an act of suicide or anything to do with an assault.” An autopsy to determine manner of death occurred Thursday.

Warnock on Friday told the Nisqually Valley News that the death is unknown; results will take eight to 10 weeks. During the autopsy no signs of injury or foul play were found, Warnock said. Samples have been sent for a toxicology and microscopic analysis.

The toxicology will analyze toxins in the blood and tissue. The microscopic analysis will look for abnormalities in the major organs.

Yelm Police Chief Todd Stancil said his officers arrested Westling at 10:41 p.m. Sunday at the convenience store on suspicion of fourth-degree assault and being a minor in possession.



Yelm officers brought the man from the scene to the jail.

The manager of the AM/PM said she was not at the store at the time of arrest, but she had viewed video tape of the incident. The manager said Westling, as detailed on a surveillance video, spat in the face of a customer and was belligerent to others inside the store. She believes he was intoxicated due to his behavior as he came in the door and the interactions with the customers, as detailed on the video.

His girlfriend, Ashley Irvine, was understandably upset Tuesday evening but did state Westling was a good person.

“Andrew was a genuinely good person, never meant anyone any harm,” she said. “He was always so positive, no matter how bad his situation was at the time. He was so loving, such a great soul. He will be missed by many and I can’t wait to see him again someday.”

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