Lara "Mace" Macy was an NCIS Special Agent and former major in the Military Police who for a time briefly headed the Office of Special Projects in Los Angeles in 2009 but following an assassination attempt on G. Callen's life, was reassigned elsewhere with Henrietta Lange later replacing her as OSP's Operational Manager.
Macy was later reassigned to France but was murdered some time during May 2010 and prior to the episode, "Patriot Down" with the NCIS Major Case Response Team investigating the circumstances surrounding her death while the team and the NCIS agency along with Macy's former colleagues at OSP mourning her murder.
Born to an unnamed father andcivilian Elisabeth Macy, Lara Macy grew up on a farmland in Maryland before joining the United States Marine Corps where she spent some time with the military.
As a lieutenant who was stationed at Camp Pendleton, one of the cases that she investigated was the 1991 murder of a Mexican national and drug runner, Pedro Hernandez.
Macy collected the evidence, much of which pointed to Gibbs as the killer, but then buried it, because she considered the killing justified but not before making Gibbs relive the pain of his family's loss. She then spent the next two decades protecting Gibbs, something he did not learn until May 2009.
Macy rose to the rank of Major before she left the military altogether.
After leaving the military, she then joined NCIS, undergoing the essential training required and presumably worked at a few offices before eventually being reassigned to the Office of Special Projects in Los Angeles where she later became the Special Agent in Charge.
NCIS Season 6
In May 2009, Macy coordinated a joint operation with elements of the NCIS Major Case Response Team in Washington D.C. to neutralize a terrorist cell within the United States.
This operation brought her back into contact with Gibbs who was now an NCIS agent as well and also the head of the Major Case Response Team in the Washington D.C. field office and as a result of the tensions between them, Gibbs even began believing that that Macy had botched the case against him twenty years ago to such an extent that Gibbs was even dismissive of Macy's ability to lead the team and also her skills as an NCIS Special Agent.
It was during this case that Macy confided in OSP Psychologist Nate Getz about what had happened back in 1991 with Gibbs and Hernandez.
A few hours after the case had ended, Nate later indirectly informed Gibbs as Gibbs and McGee were leaving OSP to return to Washington D.C. about what Macy had done for him which affected a more stable and amicable relationship between them but a things took a grim turn when one of Macy's senior field agents, G. Callen was the target of an assassination attempt that left him in critical condition.
As a result of the attempt on Callen's life, Macy left the Los Angeles field office under "special circumstances" with Director Leon Vance choosing to reassign her to a task force in Marseille, France with Henrietta Lange later becoming the new Operations Manager for OSP on a permanent basis although the NCIS: Los Angeles Season 1 episode, "Ambush" revealed that according to Hetty, Macy was apparently working out of a quonset hut in Djibouti.
NCIS Season 7
While stationed in France, Macy investigated the rape of Petty Officer Kaylen Burrows, who was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Majestic.
The case eventually led her back to Washington D.C., where she was murdered and her body was burned as part of a vendetta against Gibbs, specifically for her part in covering up the details of Hernandez's death.
Gibbs and his team were summoned to the scene and left devastated when NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee who Gibbs had brought with him to Los Angeles confirmed to them that DNA taken from the badly burnt corpse matched those of Macy's while also confirming that the remains in question were indeed those of Macy.
As such, Gibbs became fixated on solving the crime by any means necessary and with the help of NCIS Medical Examiner, Donald Mallard and Forensic Scientist Abigail Sciuto later discovered that the knife marks on Macy's neck had come with a knife with the team determining that her killer was Jason Paul Dean, a disgraced former Army Ranger.
Shortly after her death, the room in her mother's house where Macy kept her old case notes was searched by parties involved with the Reynosa Cartel, who were looking for Macy's notes on the Hernandez case.
It is presumed that after the case, Macy's remains were returned to her mother and she was ultimately laid to rest in a ceremony in her home state of Maryland.
Hard-nosed, Macy was willing to do whatever it took to get the job done and wanted results straightaway.
She was also unwilling to discuss anything regarding her private life or past with her colleagues, preferring to focus on the job at hand.
Despite the fact that she might have been cold at times, she cared for her team.
Macy was a slim, lean woman in her mid-forties with long blonde hair and blue or green eyes.
In the office, she wore a white shirt, trousers and boots. She also wore a necklace too.
Later, in the field, she wore a brown jacket over her shirt.
An as NCIS Special Agent, Macy was skilled in the use of firearms as well as processing a crime scene.
She also displayed great leadership skills and was also capable of leading her team into any situation, provided that she had enough facts and evidence to do so.
Macy's death left Gibbs greatly devastated as he realized that she had been murdered, solely due to the fact that she had spent the last twenty years secretly protecting him.
Leroy Jethro Gibbs
- Macy seems to share a few traits with former NCIS Agent Vivian Blackadder who appeared in the two pilot episodes for NCIS, Ice Queen (episode) and Meltdown (episode). They both appeared in the two-part pilot episodes for their respective series, NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, but they didn't make it to the main series; they also both had an extremely frosty relationship with Gibbs but while it was revealed that Macy had been brutally murdered by the Reynosa Cartel during Season 7, Blackadder's fate to this day remains unknown.