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Off-duty police officer stops armed robbery in progress at restaurant

Published: Dec. 7, 2015 at 10:13 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2016 at 10:42 PM EST
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SELLERSBURG, IN (WAVE) - Talk about being in the right place at the right time.

The Jeffersonville Assistant police chief is being credited for thwarting an armed robbery at a local fast-food restaurant.

Lt. Col. Michael McVoy said he doesn't find himself in the drive-thru at KFC very often.

"I'm not really even supposed to be eating Kentucky Fried Chicken, because it is not on my diet plan," he laughed.

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But Sunday nights are for family dinners, and this father of four had strict orders to pick up the meal.

McVoy was in an unmarked car. He paid for his food and while he was waiting, someone tapped at his window and warned him that inside the restaurant there was a woman who was armed.

"I looked through the window and I could see there was a lady sitting there and she had just gotten up and had the knife in her hand," McVoy said.

McVoy, who always carries his badge and gun, knew he was needed.

"As I was walking to the side door, she had walked to the other side door and locked it, so I knew it was time to do something," McVoy said. "I couldn't wait."

As several of the employees came running out, McVoy went running in.

Now with a box cutter in one hand and a 10-inch butcher knife in the other, 32-year-old Charlie Johnson, had already attempted to get in the cash register when McVoy approached her.

"She was walking towards me with a knife and when I gave my final command, she d ropped the knife and laid down and I detained her until the sheriff's deputies got there," McVoy said.

It didn't take them long. An off-duty Clark County deputy was close by and hustled in to help.

"I feel strongly with the level of threat to the employees, it could have been a dangerous situation if he wasn't there to apprehend her very quickly," Clark County Captain Scottie Maples said.

McVoy will tell you he doesn't think he did anything special.

"I just knew people in there needed help and that's what I do, that's what we all do," he said.

At the end of the day, his family -- wondering what happened to their chicken dinner -- would get yet another glimpse of a police officer's life. A police officer who is always ready to protect and serve.

"I actually got home and I was in trouble because the chicken was cold when I got home," McVoy laughed. "My wife had no idea what had transpired."

Johnson faces numerous charges, including armed robbery, intimidation and criminal confinement. She's being held at the Clark County Jail.

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