A resident along a quiet road in one of Burlington County's most desirable places to live stabbed to death one of two men who allegedly broke into the house, according to the county prosecutor's office.
Family members identified the man who was stabbed to death as Jimmy Doyle.
The incident occurred inside a house on Hartford Road in Moorestown about 12:30 a.m., but investigators did not describe what led up to the attack.
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"The scene is contained and there is no reason for the public to be alarmed," the prosecutor's spokesman said in a statement.
The second man who allegedly broke into the house apparently escaped, as investigators were trying to determine if a person who showed up a short time later at a nearby hospital with a stab wound was him.
"The resident who made the call indicated to responding police officers that two men had broken into his home, a struggle ensued, and he stabbed them both," the prosecutor's office said in a statement. "Detectives are investigating whether a man who arrived at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County in Willingboro later this morning with a stab wound to the leg is connected to this incident."
No charges were filed in the case as of 10:30 p.m. An autopsy is being performed on Doyle, who relatives described as a playful man in his late 20s who loved his family.
"He has never done anything like that before," Doyle's brother Joseph Doyle told NBC10. "I don't think that would've been his intentions."
Police continue to investigate the incident.
"I'm not sure everything we know is the full story," Doyle's cousin, Wanda Smith said. "One day I hope the full story will come out."
The house is across the street from a development under construction and is surrounded in part by farmland. Moorestown is often named as one of the best places to live in New Jersey, and even got the top grade nationally a decade ago by Money magazine.