Westbrook police charged a 21-year-old man from Portland with drug and weapons crimes after he accidentally shot himself on Central Street.

Alexander Burnham Photo courtesy Westbrook Police Department

Alexander Burnham was charged with three counts of aggregated drug trafficking, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and a misdemeanor charge of failing to follow the governor’s stay-at-home order, Westbrook police said Wednesday.

Investigators say Burnham was on Central Street on April 7 when he accidentally shot himself shortly before 1 p.m. Police responded to the area and found blood on the sidewalk, but no victim.

A short time later, police learned that a man had shown up at the Maine Medical Center Urgent Care center on Brighton Avenue in Portland with a gunshot would, and was subsequently taken to Maine Medical Center by a Portland ambulance.

Burnham is a felon who was on probation at the time he shot himself, police said. He was convicted and sentenced in 2018 to serve 9 months for felony robbery and reckless conduct, according to the Department of Corrections database that lists adult prisoners and probationers.

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