Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Central Valley Man Held for Shooting Mother After Video Game Argument

Central Valley Man Held for Shooting Mother After Video Game Argument

Police have arrested a Northern California man who they say shot his mother to death after he began yelling during a video game.

The 28-year-old started yelling while he was playing video games in his bedroom on Wednesday night, police said.

The 68-year-old woman later died from her injuries at the hospital, according to KTXL. During the exchange, reports state that he broke his own headset and then blamed Lydia for the damage which escalated the fight to an ultimately fatal level.

After threatening to kill both his mother and father, police say Nicholson used a handgun to shoot two rounds into the wall and then shot his mother in the head.

His father, Loren Nicholson, 81, wrestled the gun out of his hands. A family member told Fox 40, "I understand that he would've killed the father too, but the gun dammed. The father grabbed the gun, emptied it".

After retreating to his room, Lydia Nicholson reportedly attempted to check on him, resulting in a re-ignition of the earlier argument and another shouting match, police reports indicate.

Lydia Nicholson's daughter, Autumn White, told KCRA 3 News her mother had a big heart and always invited people into her home.

Matthew Nicholson had only driven a couple of kilometres away, and police pulled him over near a relative's home.

When the victim went to check on Matthew Nicholson, the pair began to argue.

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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