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Affidavit: Vancouver teen attacked classmate with expandable baton over girl

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Christopher Philbrook appeared in court Friday on the charge of attempted murder. Christopher Philbrook appeared in court Friday on the charge of attempted murder.
Christopher Philbrook is being charged as an adult on one count of attempted murder. Christopher Philbrook is being charged as an adult on one count of attempted murder.
Area near Columbia River High School where the expandable baton was recovered. (Photo: Clark County Sheriff's Office) Area near Columbia River High School where the expandable baton was recovered. (Photo: Clark County Sheriff's Office)
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A student at Columbia River High School pulled an expandable baton out of his pocket and repeatedly hit a classmate in the head because he was upset over a girl, according to court documents.

Christopher Philbrook, 17, appeared in court Friday and is being charged as an adult on one count of attempted murder.

Deputies responded to the Vancouver school at 11 a.m. Thursday on reports of an assault.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Philbrook confronted a 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy in the hallway, unhappy that they were dating.

The affidavit states Philbrook and the girl had recently broken up.

The girl told police Philbrook said to them, "I'm gonna come back and kill you," according to court documents, before walking away about five to six steps.

He then reached into his pocket and pulled out an expandable baton that was two to three feet long, court documents state, and swung it at the other teen boy's head several times.

The victim told detectives he was hit in the head three times and also received injuries to his hands as he tried to defend himself.

Deputies said the teen was taken to the hospital, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

A probable cause affidavit states Philbrook admitted hitting the other boy in the head with the baton, and while he couldn't remember what he said, he "thought he might have made threats to kill them."

Detectives also reviewed surveillance video that showed the attack, according to the affidavit.

Investigators searched a wooded ravine near the school where Philbrook said he tossed the weapon. The baton was found in the dense underbrush.

The school was briefly put in lockdown during the incident.

Philbrook's bail was set at $60,000 and his arraignment is set for Feb. 23.

He has no prior criminal history, however court documents state it was recommended Philbrook not be released on his own recognizance due to the nature of the charge. 

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