The family of murder victim Guy Hedger have paid tribute to "a caring and compassionate man" who lived life to the full.
Guy was killed in the early hours of the morning on Sunday 30 April 2017 after at least two intruders entered his home in Castlewood in Ringwood.
Police received a call at 3.03am reporting that Guy had been shot with a shotgun. Despite the best efforts of medical staff he was sadly pronounced dead shortly after arriving at hospital.
It is believed jewellery, including designer watches, was stolen from the address.
A second occupant in the house at the time – who was the victim’s partner – has been deeply affected by the incident and is being supported by specially-trained officers.
A murder investigation is now underway led by Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team.
Detectives are working tirelessly to arrest those responsible for Guy’s murder and establish why his address was targeted.
It is believed there may have been an element of pre-planning involved and officers would urgently like to hear from anyone who may have seen people or vehicles acting suspiciously in the area directly before or during the days or hours leading up to the incident.
Currently it is not thought that the offenders were known to the victim however, detectives continue to investigate all lines of enquiry.
Guy was a caring and compassionate partner, son, brother and uncle who lived life to its full and enriched the lives of all those who knew him.
We are devastated that Guy's life has been cut short in this way. Guy will be sorely missed by family, friends and colleagues, but he will live in our hearts forever.
We ask for time to grieve in private.
Colleagues have spoken of their shock at the death of 61 year old Guy Hedger, who was shot dead by intruders at his home in East Dorset.
Police are continuing to hunt intruders who shot dead a 61-year-old businessman at his house in Ringwood. He's been named as Guy Hedger
Streets around a Dorset cul-de-sac have been cordoned off by police investigating the shooting dead of a householder by armed intruders.