Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Man Fatally Shoots His Mother After Broken Video Game Headset Dispute

Man Fatally Shoots His Mother After Broken Video Game Headset Dispute

She was rushed to a hospital, where she later died of her injuries.

Matthew Nicholson, 28, of Ceres was taken into custody Thursday night on suspicion of murder.

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"It was the father calling to report that the son had shot his wife in the head", said Ceres Police Sgt. Greg Yotsuya. "The father grabbed the gun, emptied it".

"[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. She was identified as Lydia Susanne Nicholson by the Modesto Bee.

A family friend told Fox40, "I understand that he would've killed the father too, but the gun jammed".

KCRA 3 News reports Lydia was active in the community and volunteered in local schools.


Police say he grabbed a nearby handgun that was in the Nicholson home and shot two rounds into the wall, then shot his mother in the head. Neighbors say the family is friendly, and are shocked by her murder.

Ron Kutzman, a neighbor, said, "What's this world coming to, a video game, 28-year-old kid with his video game".

Nicholson shot his mother in the head and fled to a relative's home before he was later arrested during a traffic stop, police said.

Police located him driving his vehicle in Riverbank, pulled him over and took him into custody without further incident.

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

Ceres police took Nicholas to the police department for questioning then later booked him into the Stanislaus County Jail where he's being held without bail.

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