Man kills 68-year-old mother over broken video game headset
A man was arrested for fatally shooting his 68-year-old mother after he threatened to kill both his parents over a broken video game headset, police said.
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.
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.
Matthew Nicholson, 28, got in a fight with his mother Lydia Nicholson, 68, and shot her in the head, police said.
(Ceres Police Department)
The 28-year-old started yelling while he was playing video games in his bedroom on Wednesday night, police said.
When the mother went to check on him, Matthew Nicholson argued with her and broke his own headset.
Matthew Nicholson then blamed his mom and threatened to kill both his parents before he grabbed a handgun in the home, police said.
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.
Lydia and Loren Nicholson in one of her Facebook photos. Their son Matthew Nicholson threatened to kill them both over a broken video game headset, police said.
A family friend told Fox40, “I understand that he would’ve killed the father too, but the gun jammed. The father grabbed the gun, emptied it.”
While Loren Nicholson called police at around 9:48 p.m., his son fled the scene and drove to his sister’s home in Riverbank, the local news station reported.
Autumn White (foreground) with husband Chris White and her parents in the background during a Christmas church service.
Matthew Nicholson was later pulled over during a traffic stop and arrested without incident.
Lydia Nicholson was taken to the hospital where she died.
Matthew Nicholson’s sister Autumn White paid tribute to their mother and wrote, “I will forever love you, my best friend, my chosen one, my always, my forever my protector, my motivation, my blessing, and now my guardian angel.”
“My heart is shattered and I promise your memory will forever live on in me, Dad, Cameron and Chris. You’ve earned your wings, fly and be free,” she added.