Two men and a woman have been arrested after a gay man was shot in front of his husband, police said today (3 May).
Guy Hedger, 61, was shot moments after calling for police after intruders broke into his home in Dorset at just after 3am on Sunday morning.
He later died in hospital.
The men stole jewellery, including designer watches, before fleeing the £1 million property.
A 41-year-old man from Bournemouth has been arrested on suspicion of murder and aggravated burglary.
Police are also questioning a 44-year-old man and a woman aged 40 on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.
His husband, Simon-Pierre Hedger-Cooper, is ‘deeply traumatized’ and in a ‘terrible state’ according to friends of the couple.
It is believed the burglars waited for the 3am window when the street lights outside were shut off so the area would be pitch black.
Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Derbyshire said: ‘At this stage we are still trying to establish exactly what happened at the address and how and why the victim was shot dead.
‘I am appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area, or was in the area at that time, to contact Dorset Police as soon as possible.’
Peter and Simon-Pierre entered a civil partnership in 2005 and moved to a flat in Brighton.
They stayed in the area until buying their mansion in the quiet cul-de-sac Castlewood, St Ives, Ringwood, five years ago.