Two men armed with a baseball bat who bashed and tried to rob a cash-in-transit guard near a fast-food shop at Tweed Heads South on Friday afternoon fled empty-handed after the guard drew his pistol and fired it.
The dramatic incident at Minjungbal Drive during the busy late afternoon peak hour was likely seen by a number of people and detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Tweed-Byron police say the 35-year-old cash-in-transit officer was attacked by the two men near a fast-food restaurant around 4.15pm wielding a baseball bat.
The cash guard retaliated by discharging his firearm. The two men then ran along Minjungbal Drive before turning left into Parry Street.
Paramedics treated the injured guard at the scene and he was later taken by ambulance to Tweed Heads Hospital for further treatment.
One of the men was wearing dark-coloured pants and a hooded-jumper and a bandana over his face.
The other wore an orange hooded-jumper and also had a bandana covering his face.
Police are urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.