Married Off-Duty Police Officers Thwart Armed Robbery During Their Date Night

Two married police officers thwarted an armed robbery during their date night.

Detective Chase McKeown and Officer Nicole McKeown were off-duty and eating inside a Raising Cane's restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday night when they noticed something was wrong.

Surveillance footage shared by the Louisville Metro Police Department on its Facebook page showed a suspect wearing a black hooded top and a white mask approach the cash register at the fried chicken restaurant and appear to threaten the staff with a gun.

The McKeowns, who work for Elizabethtown Police Department, are then seen springing into action—with both getting up from their booth at the back of the restaurant at the same time and running toward the suspect while pointing their weapons.

The suspect, identified as 30-year-old Justin Carter, is seen running out of the restaurant with the McKeowns in pursuit. The couple chased Carter and arrested him with the help of local police officers, the Louisville Metro Police Department said on Facebook.

Chase and Nicole McKeown
Detective Chase McKeown and Officer Nicole McKeown sprang into action when they saw a suspect brandishing a gun while they were eating at a Raising Cane's restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky. Elizabethtown Police Department

"Shout out to the two Elizabethtown Police Department officers that went from enjoying them delish chicken fingie's to full-blown #Sheepdogs real quick," the department added. "Great work, EPD!"

Elizabethtown Police Department also praised the officers for their "courageous and selfless" actions in a post on their Instagram page alongside the hashtag #couplegoals.

"We couldn't be more proud of two of our finest, Detective and Officer Mckeown. You read that right: they are married!" the caption said.

"While on a date night in Louisville this past weekend, the two thwarted an armed robbery at Raising Cane's restaurant. Surveillance shows the courageous and selfless actions they took to intervene. They were just trying to have a peaceful date night!"

Nicole McKeown told NBC affiliate WAVE that the couple's church had recently stressed the importance of having regular date nights and the Raising Cane's restaurant in Louisville was where the couple ate dinner after they were married six months ago.

She said when they saw someone brandishing a gun while sitting in their booth, "that's where that repetitiveness and training kicks in."

The couple added that the incident was a good exercise in teamwork.

"In marriage, we've got each other," Chase McKeown added. "We're going to talk things out, we're going to deal with whatever comes at us."

Records show Carter was booked into jail on a $50,000 bond. He is charged with first-degree robbery, receiving stolen property (firearm) and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.