- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina-based firm employed three Defense Department contractors who were shot to death earlier this week in Afghanistan, according to a company news release.

Praetorian Standard Inc. of Fayetteville identified the men slain Thursday as Walter D. Fisher of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Jason D. Landphair of Fayetteville, North Carolina; and Mathew E. Fineran of Summerville, South Carolina.

The release issued Saturday by Thomas Lujan, an attorney for the company, says another employee, Bradley A. James of Atlanta, was wounded but expected to survive.

The company is meeting with the men’s families.

The Pentagon has said the three Defense Department contractors were killed at the Kabul airport by a man in an Afghan uniform. The gunman was killed at the scene.

“These brave men died protecting their fellow Americans,” said Richard L. Davis, executive director of Praetorian Standard. “They are heroes, and we are deeply saddened by their tragic deaths.”

Family members told Columbia television station WIS that Fineran was a 42-year-old father of six who had worked as a Summerville police officer.

The Fayetteville Police Department said that Fisher worked as an officer in Fayetteville and Spring Lake.

Fisher’s wife said the 49-year-old was scheduled to finish a stint of about 11 weeks in Afghanistan in March. They had been married for 15 years.

“He was such a loving son, brother, friend to everybody and such a wonderful husband to me,” Dre Fisher told The Sun News of Myrtle Beach.

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