The funeral for Greensboro Police Sgt. Phillip Dale Nix will be held Thursday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. at Westover Church at 505 Muirs Chapel Road, and the public is invited to attend.

Nix was shot and killed on Saturday, Dec. 30 at the Sheetz on Sandy Ridge Road.

Nix, who had been with the Greensboro Police Department for over 23 years, was off duty when he confronted three people attempting to steal beer.

Three suspects were arrested later that evening in Winston-Salem. Jamere Justice Foster, 18, was charged with murder, and Z’Quriah Blackwell, 18, and John Walter Morrison, 28, have been charged with accessory to murder as well as other crimes.

The three were reportedly in the process of stealing 10 cases of beer valued at $232.90 when confronted by Nix.

A well-attended vigil was held for Nix on Wednesday, Jan. 3 in downtown Greensboro.

A fundraiser was announced by the Greensboro Police Officers Association (GPOA) in memory of Sgt. Nix and to give people a way to offer support. The link to donate to the fund is:

Nix, who was 50, began his career in public safety – not as a police officer but as a 911 operator – and then joined the Greensboro Police Department in 2001.

After serving in many capacities as a police officer, including as a financial crimes detective, patrol corporal, patrol sergeant and police training officer, at the time of his death Nix was the detective sergeant for the Family Victims Unit with the Guilford County Family Justice Center, where he investigated reports of child abuse, domestic and sexual violence and elder abuse.

Nix was a native of Greensboro and a graduate of Smith High School and the University of North Carolina Greensboro.