Man Fatally Shot His Mother Over a Broken Gaming Headset

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2018

Two bullets were found in the wall, one was lodged in the ceiling, and a fourth had struck his 68-year-old mother in the head, killing her.

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

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


But a police spokesman told the station that officers had visited the home after a fight between Nicholson and his parents once in the past six months, before Thursday, when they would arrive too late.

"[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.

"My mom was a wonderful person who loved her children".


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. Neighbors say the family is friendly, the murder...surreal.

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

Nicholson's father was able to wrestle the gun away, police say. Nicholson then ran out and began driving to a relative's home in Riverbank. Officers spotted the auto and arrested Nicholson without incident. Investigators are still trying to determine what led Nicholson to kill his own mother.


Police apprehended Nicholson in Riverbank without further incident and booked him into the Stanislaus County Jail where he is being held without bail.

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