Louisville, KY – A pair of married off-duty Elizabethtown police officers foiled a robbery at the restaurant where they having a “date night” on Saturday (video below).
The incident occurred when Elizabethtown Police Detective Chase McKeown and his wife, Elizabethtown Police Officer Nicole McKeown, were eating dinner at Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers in Louisville, WDRB reported.
The newlyweds, who have only been married for six months, said they were out on a “date night” at the restaurant where they first ate after their wedding.
“At our church, we’ve been focusing on marriage,” Det. McKeown explained and said the church advocated one date night a week.
The couple said they had just sat down to eat in the back of the restaurant when 30-year-old Justin Carter entered the chicken restaurant wearing a mask over his face, WDRB reported.
“I think we kind of both saw him at the same time,” Officer McKeown said.
She said that at first she connected the mask with flu season but quickly realized that she was watching something else happen and said something about it to her husband, according to WDRB.
“I looked at him and said, ‘that’s kind of odd,’” Officer McKeown said.
Surveillance video of the front counter of the restaurant showed that Carter pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded cash, WDRB reported.
Officer McKeown said her husband handed her his cell phone and told her to call 911, but she wasn’t about to let him deal with the armed robber on his own.
Surveillance video from inside the restaurant showed the couple sitting in a booth at the back of the restaurant.
Then the video showed they took their guns out of their holsters, got up from their seats, and headed toward the cash register with their weapons drawn.
Carter dashed toward the exit as soon as the officers made their presence known, but security video showed the Elizabethtown police couple pursued the armed robber out of the restaurant.
The suspect dropped his weapon as he was going out the door and fled when he got outside, but the officers caught up with him a few blocks later and detained him at gunpoint until Louisville police arrived on the scene, according to WDRB.
Carter was arrested by the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) and charged with robbery, receipt of stolen property, and being a felon in possession of a gun.
The arrest citation said the gun that he used to rob Raising Cane’s was stolen from the Jeffersontown Police Department, the Lexington Herald Leader reported.
LMPD applauded the Elizabethtown officers’ bravery and said they acted “honorably and heroically,” WDRB reported.
The restaurant also had a lot of thanks to express to the officers.
“We are extremely blessed that they chose to dine with us,” a restaurant representative said. “It’s because of good people like Chase and Nicole who give us good hope for tomorrow…we’ll never be able to thank them enough.”
The McKeowns said they weren’t comfortable with all the attention they had gotten for their actions, according to WDRB.
“Maybe it’s the term ‘hero,'” Det. McKeown explained. “We don’t feel that way. We just feel like our training kicked in.”
Officer McKeown said they love the restaurant and would be returning again in the future, WDRB reported.
Watch the robbery unfold in the video below: