Travares McGill, 16

Sanford, Florida
July 20, 2005

Agencies: Florida Department of Law Enforcement FDLE | Sanford Police Department Florida

Cause of death: Not Yet Known

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Last updated: almost 6 years ago


July 16, 2005, 16-year-old Travares McGill was in a parked car with a group of friends in the parking lot of an apartment complex. According to news reports, police reports and court records, two security guards – William Patrick Swofford and Bryan Ansley – shined a light into the car Travares and his friends were in, and the kids panicked. McGill, who was driving, backed up and then tried to speed away. The security guards were doing a routine patrol of the area but they never identified themselves to the teens. As McGill tried to drive away, he was shot in the back.

The guards said they opened fire because they thought they were in imminent danger – that McGill was at first driving toward them. Even though the car veered away from them, Swofford kept firing even after it was no longer headed in the guards' direction. At first, no charges were filed against Swofford or Ansley by Sanford police.

Later, it was revealed that Swofford was a volunteer with the Sanford police department and Ansley was the son of a former Sanford police officer. Ansley and Swofford were finally charged in November of that year – Swofford with manslaughter and both Swofford and Ansley with shooting into an occupied vehicle. The case went to trial, but it was eventually dismissed by a judge who determined that it was a case of self-defense.

Ansley, was arrested two more times after the shooting of McGill. In 2008 he was arrested for overstepping his boundaries and acting like a security guard even though his license was revoked; he said he didn't know his license was no longer good. He was arrested again in 2010 for impersonating a police officer.

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November 2005 Officers indicted

February 2007 freed due to lack of evidence