North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell has requested that the murder of Greensboro Police Sgt. Phillip Dale Nix be approved as a “line-of-duty” death.

Nix was killed on Dec. 30, 2023 while attempting to stop two men from stealing 10 cases of beer from the Sheetz on Sandy Ridge Road.

Nix was off duty when the incident occurred, even though attempting to stop a robbery is police work.

The North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) will make the ruling on whether or not it was a line-of-duty death, and if the NCIC rules that Nix was murdered in the line-of-duty”, the family would receive an additional $200,000 in death benefits.

Folwell in the press release said, “It is imperative that we support our men and women in blue as they put their lives on the line 24 hours a day. Every officer I know is ‘on duty’ when he or she is out in public. Sgt. Nix was a selfless public servant who exemplified what it means to be trusted with protecting our citizens. That’s what he was doing when he was brutally murdered.”

Folwell also said, “From everything I’ve read, and everyone I’ve talked to, Sgt. Nix was both killed and murdered in the line of duty. Although it is up to the Industrial Commission, I strongly support providing death benefits totaling $200,000 in the case of Sergeant Nix. Once that determination is made, we will expedite the payment.”

Folwell said that he also sent a letter to North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein and the NC Department of Justice asking that the state crime lab give priority to any investigation into the case, in order to expedite the payment of death benefits to the family.

Folwell said, “It is essential that the Crime Lab get their work done as fast as possible. Hopefully, this will be done in a matter of days.”