Deputies said Gelles, however, pulled out a gun and shot the man in the chest.
Gelles told police the victim cut him off in traffic on Ridgewood Avenue, then deliberately stopped short, forcing Gelles who was driving a locksmith work van, to hit the back of the victim’s Chevy Avalanche.
Multiple media outlets report that 63-year-old Robert M. Gelles was arrested Sunday night and faces homicide charges in connection to a shooting that police say occurred earlier that evening in Port Orange.
The man, who wasn’t publicly identified, was brought to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where he was pronounced dead.
However, police said Gelles blamed the incident on Bailey, that he was the reckless driver and admitted to shooting him only after Bailey claimed he had “something for him”.
Joseph Bailey was a divorced father from New Smyrna Beach. The judge set his bond at $100,000. Investigators said Bailey got out of his truck and approached Gelles.
He said Gelles’ van had only minor damage after the fender-bender, which took place at Dunlawton and South Ridgewood avenues at about 5.15pm.
“I think the biggest thing is that we celebrate the joy of his life and not the tragedy of his death”, Bailey said.
Gelles said little in court, other than to ask for an attorney.