Talk about a real dynamic duo! A husband and wife team of police officers recently had an unexpected date night activity — stopping a robbery.
Detective Chase McKeown and Officer Nicole McKeown were off duty and eating at a Raising Cane’s restaurant in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, when a gunman threatened the cashier, local news WAVE-TV reported.
What did the couple do? Surveillance footage shows the McKeowns, who have been married only six months, pulled guns on the assailant and chased him from the restaurant.
When the two Elizabethtown Officers saw someone brandishing a gun at the other side of the restaurant, they said what happened next was instinct.
“That’s where that repetitiveness and that training kicks in,” Nicole said.
The McKeowns said their church has been stressing the importance of regular date nights. “It’s actually, right after we got married, that’s where we ate dinner, at that same location,” Nicole said.
“We’re trained for those kinds of situations,” Nicole said. “And when it comes to those people’s lives being in danger, I feel like any other officer here would have done the exact same thing.”
“Our conversation leading up to it had nothing to do with whether or not we were going to do anything,” Chase added. “It was a matter of, this is happening, we’re trained to act, we acted. That’s all there was to it.”
The courageous couple later caught the suspect, Justin Carter, and held him until on-duty officers arrived.
“In marriage we’ve got each other,” Chase said. “We’re going to talk things out, we’re going to deal with whatever comes at us, we’ve had a lot we’ve dealt with in the last six months. It’s just another, like she said, another layer of trust that adds to and shows that I don’t have to worry about making sure she’s OK. She doesn’t have to worry about making sure I’m OK. We just take care of it.”