MIDLOTHIAN — A Midlothian man has died after he turned his gun on a Midlothian Police officer Saturday afternoon.

According to Midlothian Police Capt. John Spann, officers responded to a reported domestic disturbance between a husband and wife in the 5200 block of Charisma Drive of The Rosebud subdivision at 3:28 p.m.

"Responding officers were advised the caller was with the wife at a neighbor’s house and she had been badly beaten by her husband, who was inside their residence," stated Spann in a press release. "Medics were dispatched to provide medical attention to the wife and were staged around the corner to wait for officers to secure the scene."

Upon arrival, Midlothian officers encountered Mark Robert Carlberg, 51, outside of his home and holding a gun. Spann added that — despite demands to drop his firearm — Carlberg "turned toward an officer and presented a deadly threat.”

"Officers confronted the husband ordering him to put the gun down, but he raised the gun, pointing it at the officers and one officer fired two shots striking him in the chest," Spann added.

Midlothian EMS was on the scene at the time of the shooting and began rendering aid. Carlberg was transported to Mansfield Methodist Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. His wife was also transported to Mansfield Methodist Hospital with "serious injuries," the release noted.

According to the 2015 Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 41 police officers were classified to have died in "felonious deaths" during 2015. Of those, three were killed responding to a domestic disturbance. The report also states that 29 were killed with a handgun.

"The investigation is ongoing and the involved officer has been placed on paid administrative leave," Spann stated. "There was no previous call history at the residence. We continue to keep those affected by this tragic event in our thoughts and prayers."

The Texas Rangers are assisting with the investigation.


Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith

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