Northern California: gamer shoots his mother over broken headset

Matthew Nicholson’s booking

His mother, 68-year-old Lydia Nicholson, had entered to check on him after hearing him yelling while playing his game.

During their investigation police determined 28-year-old Matthew Nicholson had been in his bedroom playing video games when he became upset and started yelling, when the woman, Nicholson's mother, went to check on him, the two began to argue.

Friday afternoon at the home, a woman who identified herself at Matthew Nicholson's sister politely declined comment.

During the argument, his headset broke, which he blamed on his mother before threatening to kill her and his father.

"There was a gun in the house, police said, and so Nicholson tried to make good on his threat".

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

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He allegedly fired into a wall, twice. A family member told Fox 40, "I understand that he would've killed the father too, but the gun dammed".

The area in Modesto, Calif., where Matthew Nicholson lived.

It ended with the death of his mother, Lydia, according to investigators. "The father grabbed the gun, emptied it". Now he called 911 and held his wife in his arms. His 81-year-old father wrestled away the firearm.

He was charged with homicide and jailed without bail.

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. "This house has always been open to friends and family and it's always been a family atmosphere", White said. "News cameras joined them, and investigators came and went".

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