California man kills mother after argument over video game, police say

Matthew Nicholson, suspect in shooting death of his mother. (KCRA)
CERES, Calif. (KCRA) — A Ceres man was arrested after he shot his mother in the head following an argument over a video game, police said Friday.

Matthew Nicholson, 28, was in his bedroom sometime before 9:45 p.m. Thursday playing video games when he got upset and started yelling, investigators said.

Nicholson's 68-year-old mother Lydia went to check on him, and he started arguing with her. He broke his headset to his video game, and then blamed his mother for the broken headset, according to police.

"He came out yelling something about my headset is broken or something about the headset being broken," Ceres Police Sergeant Greg Yotsuya said. "Then grabbed a gun and started shooting."

When police arrived they found two bullets in the wall, and one in the ceiling. A fourth struck Lydia in the head, killing her.

Nicholson's father Loren wrestled the gun away from Nicholson, who got in a car and drove to a relative's home in Riverbank, police said.

Officers found the vehicle in Riverbank and pulled over Nicholson, who was taken into custody without incident.

Lydia was taken to a hospital, where she later died.

Friday friends and family members gathered outside the home on the 1300 block of River Valley Circle. There the suspect's sister Autumn White described her mother's caring spirit.

"My mom was a wonderful person who loved her children," White said. "This house has always been open to friends and family and it’s always been a family atmosphere."

Nicholson was booked on a homicide charge and is being held in the Stanislaus County Jail without bail.

Investigators are still working to determine what drove Nicholson to kill his own mother.

"Was it the video game or was there something else going on," Yotsuga said.

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