BRIDGEPORT— A controversial former city public works employee awaiting trial for the Valentine’s Day fatal shooting of another man was ordered Friday to undergo a psychiatric examination.

Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander ordered the exam for Victor Arroyo at the request of Arroyo’s lawyer, Frank Riccio II. Arroyo, who is being held in lieu of $2 million bond, was not in the courtroom.

Riccio declined comment as he later left the Fairfield County Courthouse.

Last month, Arroyo claimed he had contracted COVID-19 and asked to be released from prison. His request was denied by the judge.

Arroyo, 22, is charged with murder, carrying a pistol without a permit, third-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment, interfering with police, criminal impersonation and failure to appear in court.

Police said Arroyo fatally shot 57-year-old Philip Ingram on Feb. 14 after Ingram went looking for him following a dispute on the East Side.

Arroyo was employed on and off by the city in different jobs, mostly seasonal or temporary, until he was let go in November for allegedly trying to assault the police officer in charge of the city’s animal shelter.

Before that, he had been accused of assaulting another employee in city hall. His return to work with the city after that arrest prompted the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME labor union, to send a letter to then-Public Facilities Director John Ricci claiming Arroyo posed “a threat to the work environment.”

Police said officers reporting to the Feb. 14 murder found Ingram lying in the street in a pool of blood in the area of Kossuth Street just after 9 a.m. He was taken to Bridgeport Hospital where he later died from five gunshot wounds to the torso and lower extremities, according to the autopsy report.

Investigators learned that just prior to the homicide, Ingram had called the Police Department to report being threatened by a man with a gun in a store parking lot. Ingram told the dispatcher he was in the process of driving around looking for the man, police said.

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