Man found fit for trial in shooting case

WAILUKU – A homeless man accused of firing a pellet rifle at golfers and police officers at the Maui Country Club in April was found psychologically fit to proceed to trial.

Alan Engling, 59, was examined by three psychiatrists or psychologists following a court order in May and the results – each finding Engling mentally fit for trial – were revealed in 2nd Circuit Court on Thursday.

A trial date has been set for Dec. 9.

Engling has pleaded not guilty to 20 charges in connection with pellet rifle shootings 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 following more alleged shootings after golfers converged on his campsite in nearby kiawe brush.

Seven golfers reported being shot at, including Paia resident Paul Peters, who was hit 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.

Engling faces 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, who is being held at the Maui Community Correctional Center, 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.

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