FISH vendor Roberto Banfield Hospedales was shot dead by thieves at his home in South Oropouche on Tuesday night.
Hospedales, 36, of Eastside Drive, died on a mattress in his living room.
Sniffer dogs from the Police Canine Unit joined police officers in the manhunt for the killers, who escaped in bushes at the back of the house.
Police were told that at around 2 a.m., Hospedales and his girlfriend, Denise Winchester, of Tobago, were asleep in the living room when the men stormed the house. The thieves demanded money and Hospedales sent Winchester into the bedroom for his cash.
Winchester told police that while she was in the bedroom, she heard two loud explosions and came outside to find Hospedales bleeding.
No one was home when the Express visited yesterday.
Hospedales sold fish at Otaheite Fishing Facility and was last seen there on Monday afternoon.
A fisherman, who did not wish to be identified, said Hospedales was a "decent fella" who was well known in the area.
An autopsy was expected to be performed on the body at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday.
Detective Rampersad of the Southern Division Homicide is investigating.
This murder brings the toll to 329 for 2012, according to an Express tally.