Louisville man tries robbing restaurant at gunpoint, two off-duty officers were inside dining

A Louisville man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly attempted to rob a Highlands restaurant only to be thwarted by a pair of married, off-duty police officers who were dining inside on their “date night.”

Justin T. Carter, 30, was masked and armed with a handgun when he entered Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, 1250 Bardstown Road, just before 10pm Saturday.

Carter brandished the gun at an employee and demanded money, according to the arrest citation.

That’s when two off-duty Elizabethtown Police officers who were inside the restaurant confronted Carter.

Officer Nicole McKeown and her husband, Det. Chase McKeown, were captured on surveillance video getting up from their table, drawing their weapons and chasing the suspect out of the restaurant.

Another man who was entering the restaurant is seen pushing the door open so the McKeowns can exit as they hold their guns in front of them.

Carter dropped the gun and fled the business, and the two officers gave chase on foot before apprehending him a few minutes later on nearby Beechwood Avenue, according to the arrest report.