Report: SWAT Teams Responding to Possible Naked Sniper Situation in Lake Worth UPDATED

Update 3: According to PBSO spokesman Eric Davis, the man has surrendered and is in custody.

Update 2: According to PBSO spokesman Eric Davis, police are negotiating with the man to surrender his weapon and come down off the roof. No one has been harmed, and there are no hostages.

Update: SWAT is working with PBSO to try to breach the building. The man is threatening to kill anyone who comes near him.

Original story: There's apparently a naked man on a building rooftop on a sniper perch, with a gun. This according to a Facebook and Twitter account called Palm Beach County Alerts.

According to the alert, numerous Palm Beach Sheriff's Office and Palm Beach Fire Rescue units are surrounding the area of 1700 S. Federal Highway in Lake Worth. That is the address for the Shangri-La Hotel. The area has been evacuated, according to the report.

David Coviello, who has worked in Emergency Services for the past 18 years, runs Palm Beach County Alerts. He shares information gleaned from listening to police and fire rescue scanners. He says police are saying the man is naked and rolling around atop the roof of the building. The man also reportedly has a gun and at least at one point placed the weapon in his mouth.

The man is acting extremely psychotic, according to the report.

Several commenters are saying traffic in the area is snarled, while at least one is saying a fire engine has parked by his job, which is in the area of the incident.

One commenter writes, "Reportedly the guy has only threatened to harm himself, not anyone else -- but hearing he fired a shot up (into the air) --that's why they're evacuating the immediate area." Though that has not been confirmed.

This is an ongoing situation. We will update this story as we get more information.

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