FBI: Most Wanted kills off major character in season 3 finale

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FBI: Most Wanted spoilers ahead.

Julian McMahon's supervisory special agent Jess LaCroix is no more.

In the season 3 finale of FBI: Most Wanted, which aired in the US on Tuesday (March 8), LaCroix was gunned down in the hospital car park by a domestic abuser, before eventually losing his life.

With McMahon announcing his exit from the CBS police procedural back in January, it was only a matter of time until something dramatic occured.

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Addressing LaCroix's death, FBI: Most Wanted executive producer David Hudgins told TVLine that the writers embraced authenticity.

"We did consider other options. We knew with a pretty fair amount of lead time that Julian was going to be leaving, so in the writers' room, we started discussing what that exit might be.

"We talked about every possible iteration of it, and ultimately, what [we] kept coming back to session after session was, 'Look, this is Most Wanted. We're chasing the worst of the worst, the most dangerous of the dangerous, and there is a very real risk associated with the job,'" he said.

"We ultimately decided that that was true to the premise of the show, that risk of being shot or killed in the line of duty. We just felt like it was appropriate and emotional and tragic."

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As for which of the special agent's colleagues will be hit hardest by this tragedy, Hudgins went on to comment: "It's interesting because Hana [Gibson] and [Sheryll] Barnes were there from the beginning. We always referred to Barnes and Jess as work spouses.

"They work together but you also just felt like there was a bond between them outside. And with Hana and Jess, I always felt like there was a special bond there, too.

"Watching the two of them deal with it in particular, because they knew Jess the longest and they've been on this team the longest with him, that's going to be something very interesting to follow."

There won't be too much time for grieving though, because next month a brand-new lead in the form of Law & Order: Organized Crime's Dylan McDermott arrives.

FBI: Most Wanted airs on CBS.

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