A bungling armed robber shot his female accomplice as they held up a restaurant in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne overnight.
The couple waited until after the last customers had left the Cuckoo restaurant, in Olinda, before confronting a staff member by his car in the restaurant's car park .
The pair demanded the staff member hand over a black plastic bag, which it is thought they believed contained the restaurant's takings.
However, the bag actually held left-over bread rolls, which the staff member was planning to feed to his chickens.
It's believed the woman was then accidentally shot in the stomach by her partner, who fled the scene.
The injured woman took herself to the William Angliss Hospital before being transferred to The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne with serious injuries.
A 37-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested shortly after 5am and was being questioned by detectives, Victoria Police spokesman Senior Constable David Fitzgerald said.
None of the restaurant staff were hurt during the incident.
- The Age.