Julio Sanchez (The Closer)

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Julio Sanchez
First appearance Pilot episode
Created by James Duff
Portrayed by Raymond Cruz
Gender Male
Occupation LAPD Detective
Family Ramona Sanchez (mother)
Oscar Sanchez (brother, deceased)
Unknown woman (wife, deceased)

Detective II Julio Sanchez is a fictional character featured in TNT's The Closer, portrayed by Raymond Cruz. Julio is a Detective on the Los Angeles Police Department's Major Crimes Division.

Personal information[edit]

Fluent in both Spanish and English, Sanchez is an expert on Latino gangs. He has a quick temper and often yells at suspects in the interrogation room. He also can be crude and chauvinistic. Though constantly flirting with the younger women detectives, Sanchez wears a wedding band. It seems at first that he is married, but in Brenda and Fritz's wedding video (episode 4.15 "Double Blind"), he reveals that he has been a widower for six years.

In season four (episode 4.7 "Sudden Death"), Julio Sanchez's brother is shot to death by a gang member on the sidewalk near his home because he was believed to be part of a rival gang. Once the case is closed, Julio confesses to Provenza that he had given his brother the hat that the killers mistook for a symbol of a rival gang affiliation, which led to Sanchez's brother's death. Later in the season, Sanchez is shot three times by bullets intended for Provenza (episode 4.10 "Time Bomb"). It is later revealed that Sanchez survived after five surgeries and shoulder reconstruction and is back on the force via Chief Johnson's recommendation (episode 4.11 "Good Faith"). He was shot again in "Two Options" (Major Crimes, season 3, episode 7).

In "Internal Affairs" (Major Crimes, season 3, episode 17), Sanchez is ordered to attend anger management classes after beating up his mother's caretaker who had robbed her in order to remain on active duty.

Awards and decorations[edit]

The following are the medals and service awards fictionally worn by Detective Sanchez.

Humanrelations.JPG LAPD Human Relations Medal
Lifesavingmedal.JPG LAPD Police Life-Saving Medal
PMSM.JPG LAPD Police Meritorious Service Medal