Two armed men with shotguns attempted to rob a McDonald’s in Eastern France, but got more than what they bargained for.
Investigators say the two armed robbers fired a shotgun in the air Sunday night at the McDonald’s fast food restaurant in Besancon, ordering the staff to open the cash registers and threatening dining guests.
Among the 40 guests eating their meals were 11 French special forces, Groupe d’Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale, or GIGN just trying to enjoy their Big Mac and fries.
“During the hold-up, the gendarmes didn’t do anything,” local prosecutor Edwige Roux-Morizot said. “It was out of the question to use their weapons, as this would have created difficulties and could have placed many people’s lives in danger.”
During the robbery, the men did not act until the armed robbers were on their way out so to avoid collateral bloodshed. When one of the robbers tripped, the team pounced on him.
The other robber chose not to put down his gun and point it at the special forces team. They shot the armed robber in the stomach while he was trying to make his getaway.
Both men were then taken to the hospital for treatment and now face charges of robbery and violence.