A man in Ceres (Stanislaus County) allegedly shot and killed his mother after an argument while playing video games.
Investigators told KCRA that 28-year-old Matthew Nicholson was alone in his room late Thursday when he started yelling out in anger after losing a video game.
A California man fatally shot his 68-year-old mother Friday night after losing a video game, police said. His mother went in to check on him, they started to argue, and Nicholson broke his headset.
According to Ceres Police Sgt. Greg Yotsuya, this was the second call in the last six months regarding domestic disputes between Matthew Nicholson and his parents.
During the argument, his headset broke, which he blamed on his mother before threatening to kill her and his father.
Nicholson reportedly fired two shots into a wall, and then shot Lydia in the head.
"I understand that he would've killed the father too, but the gun jammed".
The victim's daughter, Autumn, says that Lydia Nicholson worked in local schools for decades and that she and her husband Loren Nicholson had been married for 32 years. Nicholson then drove to a family member's house before he was ultimately taken into custody while at a traffic stop.
Without a weapon anymore, police said, Matthew Nicholson fled in a vehicle, leaving his parents to their misery.
Matthew Nicholson had only driven a couple of miles away, and police pulled him over near a relative's home in Riverbank.
Immediately after the son left, Loren Nicholson phoned into the police to report the incident where Lydia was then rushed to the hospital before passing from injury.