UPDATE: 1 dead, 1 policeman injured in ambush shooting of Toronto cop near townhouse

A man was rushed to a hospital following an attack Wednesday night in downtown Toronto that left an officer dead and five other people injured, including a Canadian soldier.

The police officer was shot twice, but the motive for the attack is unclear.

A violent crime spree targeting civilians unfolded after a man jumped out of a van Tuesday night and fatally shot a 55-year-old female doctor outside a Toronto hospital.

In a report from Toronto, a police source said that the officer, Const. Mike Darcy, may have confronted the alleged attacker near the eastbound Gardiner Expressway and Yonge Street in the southwest part of Toronto Wednesday night.

“It appears that at about 10:20 p.m. tonight, an officer was conducting a traffic stop and was confronted by a male person. At some point the assailant turned on the officer,” Toronto police told the Associated Press Wednesday night.

After being shot, Darcy was immediately rushed to the trauma unit at St. Michael’s Hospital, where he died.

A civilian bystander also was taken to the hospital in critical condition and at least two other civilians were also hurt.

A criminal investigation into the officer’s death has been launched.

Canada’s Global News reported the suspect, armed with what appears to be a long knife, jumped out of a taxi and confronted people as he rode the street.

Security camera footage of the incident is streaming in a near-complete loop on social media.

City Councillor Josh Matlow says Darcy was “an excellent cop,” according to CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman.

The investigation has not yet revealed a motive for the attack.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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