Married policemen out of service on armed robbery on ‘date night’: man and woman pull their guns and bring down a gunman who bursts into the roasted chicken restaurant
- Detective Chase McKeown and officer Nicole McKeown chased after the masked gunman tried to rob a Raising Cane’s restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky
- Justin Carter, 30, appeared in court on Monday charged with first-degree robbery, receiving a stolen firearm and holding a gun as a convicted felon
- The couple say they just did their job and their “training started” when they saw the robbery going on and decided to step in and deal with the robber
A couple of married off-duty police officers on a date night foiled an armed robbery in a roast chicken restaurant.
Dramatic CCTV footage shows detective Chase McKeown and officer Nicole McKeown draw their weapons and confront the masked shooter in the branch of the Raising Cane in Louisville, Kentucky.
The couple chased as the robber fled through the city and arrested him in the neighborhood with the help of local officers.
The couple, police officers from Elizabethtown, about 50 miles south of Louisville, enjoyed their weekly date night on Saturday when the suspect entered the restaurant with a surgical face mask.
Detective Chase McKeown and officer Nicole McKeown thwarted a robbery on their date night
The officers draw their weapons and go to the robber while he tries to rob the restaurant
Out of service police officers enjoyed a date at Raising Cane’s restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky
Justin Carter, 30, who appeared in court on Monday, charged with first-degree robbery, receiving a stolen firearm and holding a gun as a convicted felon
Nicole first said she assumed he was wearing the mask because it is flu season.
She said: “I think we both saw him at the same time. I looked at him and said, “That’s kind of weird.”
When they realized it was a robbery, Chase handed his cell phone to his wife and told her to call 911 while confronting the robber.
But Nicole also pulled her gun and said she thought, “No – I’m going to help my husband!”
Detective Chase McKeown and officer Nicole McKeown were on a date night at Raising Cane’s
CCTV recordings show how the masked robber enters the restaurant and threatens the staff with a gun
“That’s where the repetition and training begin,” Nicole said NBC.
The suspect was identified as 30-year-old Justin Carter who appeared in court Monday and was accused of first-degree robbery, received a stolen firearm, and had a gun as a convicted felon.
The pair has been hailed as heroes, but Chase said they were just doing their job.
“Maybe it’s the term hero,” he said. “We don’t feel that way. We just feel that our training has started. “
He added: “In marriage we have each other. We are going to talk things out, we are going to deal with what is coming our way. “
Asked if they will ever go back to Raising Cane’s, Nicole said: ‘Oh absolutely. I love Raising Cane’s. “
A representative of Raising Cane said: ‘We are enormously blessed that they have chosen to have dinner with us.
“It’s because of good people like Chase and Nicole who give us good hope for tomorrow. We will never be able to thank them enough. “
Elizabethtown PD praised the ‘courageous and selfless’ actions of the officers in a proud post on the Instagram of the armed forces and added the hashtag ‘#couplegoals’.
The married officers chased when the robber fled the restaurant and arrested him