A little white before 10 in the evening, authorities received an emergency report of a woman being shot inside a residence. His 68-year-old mother Lydia came up to check on him and an argument erupted.
He blamed his mother for this, police said, and threatened to kill her and his father, identified by Fox 40 as Loren Nicolson.
The suspect's father eventually wrestled the gun away from his son, who then drove to a relative's house.
"I understand that he would've killed the father too, but the gun jammed", a family friend told FOX40.
The suspect fled in a vehicle to the home of a family member in Riverbank, where officers spotted his auto and stopped him. "The father grabbed the gun, emptied it".
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Loren Nicholson then called the police, at around 9:50 pm, to report the crime and call for medical attention for his wife. Paramedics followed and took Lydia Nicholson to a hospital, where she would soon die.
Matthew Nicholson's booking photo.
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.
"Had so much compassion for people and just wanted to see the best in people at all times", said Autumn Nicholson, the 68-year-old's daughter.
Nicholson is being held without bail at Stanislaus County Jail.