Police located the 28-year-old's vehicle in Riverbank and took him into custody without further incident.
Authorities responded to a home on River Valley Circle in Ceres around 9:50 p.m. Thursday and found the woman had been shot in the head, according to a statement from Ceres police.
It began with Matthew Nicholson, 28, losing a video game.
Matthew Nicholson blamed his mother for the broken headset, then threatened to kill both her and his father. The Daily Mail states that he shot his mother in the head after firing off two rounds, where his father then took the gun away.
Nicholson fled and drove off to a relative's house in Riverbank.
According to Ceres Police Sgt. Greg Yotsuya, this was the second call in the last six months regarding domestic disputes between Matthew Nicholson and his parents. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment but later succumbed to her injuries.
Matthew Nicholson, 28, was playing computer games in the room of his Ceres, California, home on Wednesday night when a contention broke out with his mom Lydia Nicholson.
"I understand that he would've killed the father too, but the gun jammed", a family friend told FOX40.
Nicholson worked at Christine Sipherd Elementary School in Modesto, but left a year ago, Jamie Trevino, who says her kids go to the school, said in a Facebook comment.
"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".
Police apprehended Nicholson in Riverbank without further incident and booked him into the Stanislaus County Jail where he is being held without bail.