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Homicide suspect found loitering near Jacksonville Beach dunes

Mario Matthew Gatti was wanted in connection with a deadly shooting in Pennsylvania

Homicide suspect taken into custody by Jacksonville Beach Police Officers.
Homicide suspect taken into custody by Jacksonville Beach Police Officers. (Jacksonville Beach Police)

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – A man wanted in connection with a deadly shooting in Pennsylvania was spotted breaking the rules on Jacksonville Beach and was questioned by police Sunday morning.

According to an arrest report, Mario Matthew Gatti, 30, was sitting close to the dunes on Jacksonville Beach when he was spotted by Jacksonville Beach Police Officer Matt Morrison, who recognized him from a photo in a nationwide BOLO.

Police in Northeast Florida had been advised Gatti might be in the area.

Gatti was taken into custody and booked into the Duval County Jail as a fugitive from justice. He’s also been charged with giving false information to a law enforcement officer and possession of a new legend drug without a prescription.

Mug shot of Mario Gatti
Mug shot of Mario Gatti (WJXT)

Investigators believe Gatti may have been involved in a deadly shooting at a condo near Pittsburgh.

Under the new guidelines laid out by the city when it reopened the beaches on Friday, sitting on the beach is not allowed.