Shooting suspect set to have mental evaluations

WAILUKU – A judge has ordered mental health examinations for a homeless man accused of using a pellet rifle to shoot at golfers and police officers at the Maui Country Club last month.

Court proceedings against Alan Engling, 59, have been suspended while he is examined by three psychiatrists or psychologists to determine his current mental fitness as well as his mental capacity at the time of the shootings.

Engling has pleaded not guilty to 20 charges in connection with pellet rifle shootings reported April 17 and 21 at the golf course in Spreckelsville.

In the first incident, Dr. John Mills was shot in his right thumb while golfing on the 8th hole.

Engling was arrested April 21 when golfers converged on his campsite in nearby kiawe brush.

Seven golfers reported being shot at, including Paia resident Paul Peters, who was hit by a shot in his upper right arm.

Police said that one officer responding to the 12:24 p.m. report was shot in the chest while wearing a bulletproof vest. Another officer was shot at before officers subdued Engling, police said.

Citing Engling’s lack of residence and employment, 2nd Circuit Judge Peter Cahill kept bail at $110,000 during a court hearing Thursday.

Cahill also granted the request by defense attorney Jon Apo for the mental health examinations. Apo was appointed to represent Engling after the public defender’s office was allowed to withdraw from the case.

A July 11 return date was set.

Engling is charged with 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.

Engling has been ordered to stay at least 1,000 yards away from the Maui Country Club. He also has been ordered to have no contact with Mills, Peters and the other six golfers, as well as the two police officers.