Military team destroys gunpowder

A military team from Oahu responded Tuesday night to destroy a bottle containing gunpowder at the campsite of a homeless man suspected of using a pellet rifle to shoot at golfers Sunday at the Maui Country Club in Spreckelsville, police said.

Police were notified about the bottle Tuesday afternoon by one of the golfers who returned to the campsite in kiawe brush, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.

He said an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called and responded to destroy the bottle containing firecracker powder.

The 59-year-old suspect was arrested Sunday after police received reports of pellet-gun shooting near the 8th hole of the golf course at 12:24 p.m. Seven golfers were shot at, with the shots coming from kiawe brush and hitting one golfer in his upper right arm, police said.

After golfers converged on the suspect, police subdued and arrested him. One officer, wearing a bulletproof vest, was shot in the chest as he moved toward the suspect, police said.

The suspect, who suffered facial injuries, remained hospitalized at Maui Memorial Medical Center, police said. He was released pending further investigation of multiple charges of assault and terroristic threatening.