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Coast Guard who shot colleague kills boyfriend

By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter

The female Coast Guard, who made headlines months ago for shooting a male colleague, stabbed her boyfriend to death on Saturday afternoon in Lord’s Bank village during a domestic dispute, which was witnessed by several persons.

Ladyville OC Inspector Frederick Gordon confirmed that 24-year-old Coast Guard officer Lt. Keyren Tzib was detained by police for the incident. According to Gordon, at around 2:00 p.m. Tzib and her boyfriend Travis Blancaneaux were embroiled in a domestic dispute when things took a turn for the worst.

The landlord and another person was at the property at the time the argument started and according to Gordon, the stabbing happened in the yard. Gordon said their investigations have so far revealed that Blancaneaux attacked Tzib with a stick and was hitting her while she made several pleas for him to stop.

This is when Tzib drew for a knife, Gordon said, and stabbed him to the shoulder and the abdomen. Blancaneaux was dead by the time police arrived on the scene. Tzib was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) to be treated for her injuries and has refused to give a statement, Gordon said.

Police are currently taking statements from the witnesses and have the weapon in their possession. Gordon said no charges have been filed against Tzib yet and police will determine if any charges are to be filed by Monday.

Earlier this year in April Tzib was charged for shooting Coast Guard Petty Officer Kurt Hyde once to the face with an M-4 Carbine rifle after returning from an operation in San Pedro. Tzib was granted a $10,000 bail on the basis of being a first time offender and was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation.

Tzib, however, as it was reported, had a history of tumultuous encounters with colleagues and as a result, coast guard officials sent in a disciplinary file to the Security Commission years ago but nothing was done about it and she remained in the rank of Seaman at the Coast Guard.

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