GREENSBORO, North Carolina — The last time one of the city’s police officers died in the line of duty, Jared William Franks was a child.
That was 17 years ago.
On Saturday night, Franks had been with the Greensboro Police Department just over two years when he joined other units in tracking down a robbery suspect, a pursuit that began in the 2700 block of Randleman Road.
But when he burst onto the scene, Franks’ vehicle struck another police car and was sent careening through a nearby yard and into a house.
The house was occupied at the time, but no one was hurt.
Franks, however, died from his injuries. He was just 24.
During a news conference Sunday afternoon at police headquarters, Chi…