The robbery occurred on Sunday night in Besancon, France, when the two armed robbers, both in their early 20s, entered the establishment and fired a shotgun in the air, The Telegraph reports. Unbeknownst to them, 11 of the 40 patrons in the restaurant were off-duty members of the French parliamentary Special Forces known as "among the most effective anti-terror forces in Europe," according to The Telegraph.
The Special Forces members did not engage the robbers immediately so that they wouldn't injure any of the patrons. They waited until the robbers grabbed the $2,270 they were stealing and made their way out of the store, The Washington Post reports. While escaping, one of the robbers tripped, which allowed the Special Forces members to restrain him. They ordered the second robber to drop his weapon. He did not comply and was shot in the stomach.