Former Newton County Sheriff's employee killed in Afghanistan - CBS46 News

Former Newton County Sheriff's employee killed in Afghanistan

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MANSFIELD (CBS46/AP) -

A Georgia man was killed on Christmas Eve in Afghanistan, and authorities say his killer was an Afghan police officer.    

The man killed was 49-year-old Joseph Griffin from Mansfield, GA.

Griffin worked for an international company providing training for the Afghanistan police force.

He was also an employee with the Newton County Sheriff's Office from June 10, 1996 to Nov. 16,2000 and then again from May 28, 2007 to Dec. 17, 2007.

CBS Atlanta News spoke with Griffin's widow but she didn't want to go on camera.

Griffin was gunned down where he provided training to the newly-created Afghan police force.

Authorities said a woman dressed as an officer opened fire on Griffin, killing him as he left a store.   

Griffin was gunned down at the police headquarters. Authorities say the woman was able to enter the high-security area armed because she was a police officer. 

Steve Gaffney, the CEO of DynCorp International which employed Griffin, released a statement:

"Joe spent his career helping people all over the world, most recently working to help the Afghan people secure a better future - the loss of any team member is tragic but to have this happen over the holidays makes it seem all the more unfair.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe's family, loved ones and colleagues during this difficult time."

This latest killing adds to more than 50 deaths in similar attacks in Afghanistan since the beginning of 2012.     

Copyright 2012 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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