A pair of married Kentucky police officers have just set #relationshipgoals for the rest of the world by thwarting an armed robbery while out on a date.
According to WHAS 11, Detective Chase McKeown and Officer Nicole McKeown, both of the Elizabethtown Police Department, were off duty and enjoying their weekly date night last Saturday, something they’ve made a priority during their six months of marriage.
“Every week, make sure we have a date night,” Chase told WHAS 11.
The McKeowns met on the job when Nicole was a dispatcher and Chase was a patrol officer.
Last week’s date took the couple to Louisville, where they decided to get dinner at the Raising Cane’s restaurant in Mid City Mall.
“That’s actually where right after we got married, that’s where we ate dinner,” Nicole said. “Same location.”
“Generally when we go away from home, it’s to be away from the job,” Chase said. “We don’t have to worry about seeing people we know. This is not how it turned out this time.”
The McKeowns were enjoying their meal when Justin Carter, 30, walked through the doors of the restaurant, flashed a gun to an employee behind the counter, and demanded cash.
“I saw her hands go up like this,” Nicole said. “I was like, ‘Does it look like what I think he’s doing?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah.”
“There was literally no question,” Chase said. “We looked at each other—is this happening? Let’s go.”
“He passed the phone to me and said, ‘Call 911,'” Nicole said. “And I look at it for a second and I see myself moving for the phone—I’m like, ‘No, I’m going to help my husband.'”
Chase and Nicole drew their guns and instructed Carter to drop his weapon. Carter dropped his gun, which was discovered to be stolen from Jeffersontown Police, and fled the building. The McKeowns gave chase and arrested him a block away on Beechwood Avenue.
Carter now faces several charges including robbery, receiving a stolen firearm, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Meanwhile, the McKeowns don’t wish to be praised as heroes, noting that they were doing their duty as police officers.
“When it comes to people’s lives in danger, I feel like any other officer here would have done the exact same thing—get the bad guy,” Nicole said.
“We weren’t exactly prepared for what we got into that day in terms of, hey, let’s get into something,” Chase said. “But like she said, it’s always there and when something happens, we’re trained for it.”
Wherever the McKeowns go for this week’s date night, here’s hoping it’s a little more peaceful!
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