A Fort Mill woman pleaded guilty Thursday in a federal courtroom in Columbia to a charge of making a false statement to a federal agent, authorities said.
Kirstie Elaine Philome Barratt, 22, had been charged in connection with an incident that left her boyfriend and a police officer wounded following a shootout.
Federal authorities said no plea agreement was involved in the case.
The incident took place Jan. 7 at a residence in the Foxwood neighborhood near Fort Mill. Members of the FBI’s Charlotte Safe Streets Task Force/Violent Criminal Apprehension Team came to the house, looking for James William Lewis, who was wanted on charges of armed robbery.
Lewis was Barratt’s boyfriend, authorities said.
During Thursday’s plea hearing, prosecutors said agents knocked on the door and used a loudspeaker for about 15 minutes before Barratt came to the door. Authorities said they told Barratt it was a crime to make a false statement to agents and said she told them her boyfriend was not at the home.
Authorities also said Barratt told them she and Lewis had broken up two months earlier, and the only other people in the house were her parents.
Barratt gave police permission to search the house and said they found the woman’s parents asleep in an upstairs bedroom. They noticed another bedroom door closed, they said, and heard a dog barking in the room.
Agents asked Barratt to remove the dog from the room so they could search it. They said Barratt brought the dog out, and when agents entered the room, they found Lewis crouched in a corner with his gun drawn. A shootout followed that left Lewis and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Shane Page wounded.
Page, a member of the FBI task force and a 13-year CMPD veteran, was shot in the shoulder and abdomen. Lewis was shot in both legs. Both men have recovered.
Barratt faces a sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Federal officials said the woman also faces possible deportation.
Lewis faces a number of state and federal charges, according to court records.