Man held for shooting mother after video game argument

Erika Holt
January 13, 2018

A Ceres man has been arrested for homicide after police say he killed his mom during a dispute over a video game headset.

Matthew Nicholson, 28, was arrested after police say he shot his mother to death after he began yelling during a video game.

Matthew Nicholson, 28, was playing video games in the bedroom of his Ceres, Calif., home on Wednesday night when an argument broke out with his mother Lydia Nicholson.

Officers found Nicholson's 68-year-old mother, Lydia Nicholson, inside with a head wound.

He retrieved a handgun from the home and fired two rounds into an inside wall and then shot his mother in the head.

Nicholson then blamed her for the broken headset and threatened to kill the victim and Nicholson's father.

He shot his mother in the head before his 81-year-old father Loren Nicholson wrestled the gun out of his hands, according to police.

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Officers were quickly able to locate his vehicle during a high risk vehicle stop in Riverbank.

Lydia both worked and volunteered in local schools. The woman was taken to an area hospital for treatment, but was eventually pronounced dead.

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

"I understand that he would've killed the father too, but the gun jammed", a family friend told FOX40. Officers spotted the auto and arrested Nicholson without incident.

"[She] had so much compassion for people and just wanted to see the best in people at all times", said Autumn Nicholson of her mother.

Nicholson was being held in Stanislaus County Jail with no bond.

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