UPDATE: Local Teacher Victim to Fatal Shooting at Busy Intersection

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On February 15 at 3:30 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Middletown Road and Billingsley Road in White Plains for the report of a shooting.

A preliminary investigation revealed the victim, Christopher Hoefert, 24, of La Plata, was in his car and stopped at a four-way intersection when the suspect, Robert Hector Becker, 22, of La Plata, drove up along side him, cut him off and prevented the victim from driving forward. Becker got out of his vehicle, approached Hoefert and fired shots into the car, striking Hoefert twice. Becker then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.

Hoefert was flown to Prince George’s Hospital Center where he died a short time later. Becker was pronounced dead on the scene. At this time, investigators are looking into the possibility the suspect shot the victim because of an on-going auto theft investigation in which both men appeared to be involved.

The investigation is continuing.     


Authorities in Charles County are investigating a shooting that has left two men dead including a teacher at a local high school.

Police and rescue crews responded to report of a shooting at the intersection of Billingsley and Middletown Roads in White Plains. 

Investigation revealed on Tuesday, Feb. 15 around 3:30 p.m., the victim was stopped in his vehicle at a four way intersection on Middletown Road when the suspect pulled up in a Ford Focus and cut the victim off preventing him from pulling forward. The suspect produced a gun and fired multiple shots striking the victim and then turned the gun on himself.

The suspect, identified as Robert Hector Becker, 22 of La Plata died on the scene.

The victim identified as Christopher Hoefert, 24 of La Plata, was transported from the scene to Prince George's Shock Trauma where he later died. 

Hoefert was a Technology Education Teacher at North Point High School. He was the school's outdoor Track coach as well as a sponsor for the Robotics Club. Hoefert was in his second year of teaching at North Point after receiving his Batchelor of Science from Buffalo State University of New York. 

"Hoefert was a very good teacher and really involved with his students," said North Point Principal Kim Hill. "We are devasted at the loss of one of our school family members." Grief counselors will be on hand at the high school Wednesday as students and staff learn of the tragic news.

According to authorities both men knew each other, a motive for the shooting is still under investigation.

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