Police make arrest in Allison Griffor homicide investigation

Police make arrest in Allison Griffor homicide investigation (Image 1)

A five-year-old murdered in her own bed, and now a man is behind bars in connection to the death of Allison Griffor.

Right now 25-year-old Shyrome Jaquane Johnson is behind bars. He was questioned the same day Allison was shot more than three-and-a-half years ago.

Johnson has been charged with obstruction of justice.

5-year-old Allison Griffor was murdered in October of 2011. Someone shot through the front door of the family’s home in West Ashley and she died four days later. 

It was a tragedy that many people in the Lowcountry will never forget…and it’s a case that detectives haven’t forgotten either.

It was 1:00am October 25th, 2011.

In an exclusive interview with News 2, back in 2012, Allison’s father, William Griffor, said, “It was like bang! It was a loud kicking. I jumped out of bed. I was half asleep. I yelled “hey!” thought the door and then there was a shot.”

That’s when William answered the front door of his home on Pierpont Avenue in West Ashley and was shot in the right arm.

Related: Investigators seek new details in Allison Griffor cold case 

In the 911 call, Allison’s mother, Jennifer Griffor, said, “We have been shot at. Our house was broken into. We have three young children and we need somebody here now.”

William Griffor was hit with pellets from a shotgun…and so was his 5-year-old daughter, Allison.

Jennifer told News 2, “I saw Allison and she was in a pool of blood and I thought his (William’s) arm was shot and he dropped her and she broke her nose.”

Allison’s parents described the night intruders invaded their home, fired a shotgun through Allison’s bedroom wall, lodging bullets in her brain.

William recalled the night of the murder and said, “I’m covered in blood. I thought it’s from me…let’s get her out….let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!”

“I rolled her over to see if she was okay and her eyes were just dilated. She wasn’t there,” said Jennifer.

At the time of the murder, the Griffors said they didn’t know Allison was shot until they turned the lights on after the criminals left.

Allison died four days later at the hospital.

Related: EXCLUSIVE: Parents of Allison Griffor talk about her murder one year later


Back in 2011, Charleston County Sheriff, Al Cannon, said, “We are going to find the scumbag that shot this little girl.”

No one has been charged for her murder.

The man arrested Thursday, 25-year-old Shyrome Jaquane Johnson of North Charleston was charged with obstruction of justice.

Detectives say he was in the Pierpont Avenue area just minutes after Allison’s shooting.

When they questioned him, he told detectives he didn’t know anything.

But when he was arrested in 2014 for an unrelated charge, he requested to speak to a detective about the Griffor case.

Officials say he then admitted to lying. He told detectives he was with a group of people that night and those people went to the Griffor house, then shots were fired and he, along with the others, took off.

When we spoke with the Griffor family back in 2012, Allison’s father said they were finding comfort in their faith.

William said, “God has given us peace. I don’t understand who was at our house. I don’t know why they were there, but I know that Jesus is with our little girl. She’s up there in heaven and will see her again.”

On Thursday night, News 2 spoke with Sheriff Al Cannon and he wouldn’t talk on camera about Johnson’s arrest, but he did tell us he expects a press conference to be announced on Friday, and then he’ll talk about the case.

Johnson is expected to go through bond court tomorrow at 2:00pm.


Related: Search continues for who killed Allison Griffor 

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office says this continues to be an on-going investigation. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crimestoppers at 843-554-1111.

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