Shooting suspect ordered not to go near country club

WAILUKU – A homeless man was ordered to stay at least 1,000 yards away from the Maui Country Club in Spreckelsville when he was arraigned Monday on felony charges for using a pellet rifle to shoot at golfers and police officers.

Alan Engling, 59, also was ordered to stay at least 1,000 yards away from the location where he was arrested April 21 when golfers converged on his campsite in kiawe brush near the golf course.

Engling was being held in lieu of $110,000 bail at the Maui Community Correctional Center, pending a bail hearing Thursday.

His trial was set for July 22 in 2nd Circuit Court. During his arraignment Monday, Engling pleaded not guilty to 20 charges, including two counts of second-degree assault, six counts of attempted second-degree assault, nine counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, attempted first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

A Maui County grand jury indicted Engling on the charges Friday. He was arrested on the grand jury warrant Saturday afternoon, when he was released from Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized with facial injuries after his arrest.

One assault charge was for the pellet rifle shooting of Dr. John Mills, a hospital emergency room physician, who was shot in his right thumb while golfing on the 8th hole April 17.

Engling also was charged with assault for the pellet rifle shooting of golfer Paul Peters four days later when police responded to a 12:24 p.m. call of golfers being shot at. The Paia resident was shot in the upper right arm as he and six other golfers chased the suspect into a wooded area near the golf course and directed responding police officers to the location.

Wailuku patrol officer Travis Abarra, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was shot in the chest with the pellet rifle, and officer John Bowker also was shot at before the officers subdued Engling.

Police reported recovering a pellet rifle and pellet ammunition from Engling’s campsite.

On Monday, 2nd Circuit Judge Peter Cahill ordered Engling to have no contact with the two police officers, Mills, Peters and the six other men who reported being shot at while golfing April 21. Engling also was ordered not to possess any weapons.

If he posts bail to be released, Engling was ordered to report for supervision and random drug and alcohol testing.