The mother went up to check on him, but an argument between the two soon followed. During the argument, the 28-year-old broke his video game headset and blamed his mother.
An investigation is ongoing, police said.
He retrieved a handgun from the home and fired two rounds into an inside wall and then shot his mother in the head.
"It was the father calling to report that the son had shot his wife in the head", said Ceres Police Sgt. Greg Yotsuya. Another bullet might have gone into the ceiling, the station reported.
He said Nicholson worked as a paraprofessional for an after school program "which takes a lot of patience and understanding", he said.
A family companion told Fox40, "I comprehend that he would've murdered the father as well, however the weapon stuck".
Matthew Nicholson then fled to his sister's house in a neighboring town, but was detained during a traffic stop while driving. "The father grabbed the gun, then emptied it".
Loren had been with Lydia for 32 years, according to Fox 40.
Around 9:50 p.m. on Thursday, police were called to a home on River Valley Circle in Ceres, Calif. for reports of a victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. His father was able to wrestle the gun out of Nicholson's hand, after which Nicholson left.
In the hours to come, friends and relatives would gather outside the house with the basketball hoop.
Ceres police took Nicholas to the police department for questioning then later booked him into the Stanislaus County Jail where he's being held without bail. News cameras joined them, and investigators came and went. "Was it the video game or was there something else going on".