Married off-duty cops stop armed robbery during date night

Detective Chase McKeown and Officer Nicole McKeown were enjoying a weekly date night when they noticed something was wrong and sprang into action.

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By Caroline Radnofsky and Suzanne Ciechalski

Two married off-duty police officers have been praised for thwarting an armed robbery during a date at a fast food restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky.

Elizabethtown police Detective Chase McKeown and Officer Nicole McKeown were enjoying a weekly date night Saturday at a branch of Raising Cane's restaurant when they noticed something was wrong and sprang into action.

A man wearing a surgical mask and a black hooded sweater pulled low over his face can be seen in surveillance video released by Louisville police entering the popular fried chicken restaurant and appearing to threaten staff with a gun while pointing repeatedly at the cash register.

"That's where that repetitiveness and that training kicks in," Nicole McKeown told NBC affiliate WAVE of Louisville.

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The McKeowns can then be seen standing up at the same time from their back booth and brandishing their weapons while running through the restaurant toward the man.

The man is seen in the video running out of the restaurant with the couple in pursuit.

Elizabethtown, Kentucky, police Officer Nicole McKeown and Detective Chase McKeown, who have been married for six months, say their church encourages them to go on regular date nights.Elizabethtown Police Department

The McKeowns chased the man through downtown Louisville and arrested him with the help of local police officers, Louisville police said in a short statement on their Facebook page. A suspect, whom police identified to WAVE as Justin Carter, made his first court appearance in the case Monday.

Chase McKeown said he and his wife try to prioritize teamwork in their relationship, as well as their careers.

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

Elizabethtown police praised the officers' "courageous and selfless" actions in a proud post on the force's Instagram account, adding the hashtag "#couplegoals."