The Queens cop who shot her girlfriend twice in their Harlem apartment Monday morning is claiming self-defense, and it looks like prosecutors believe her. Ekeythia Dunston, an eight-year NYPD veteran, was beaten with a clothing iron on the head by her girlfriend Erica LeGall during the fracas, which erupted when Dunston received a "racy" text message from another woman. Dunston's lawyer tells the Daily News, "Her head was almost split open. It was a domestic dispute that escalated, and she had to defend herself. I think it is safe to say this relationship is over." Tell that to Hiram and Karla!

Dunston was released on $1,000 bail and suspended without pay for 30 days. She's charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child, because the couple's two young sons were at home during the incident. But Dunston was not charged with attempted murder, and her lawyer says this shows her self-dense claim is holding water. (A third woman in the apartment at the time is said to back Dunston's side of the story.)

LeGall, who is in stable condition at Harlem Hospital recovering from gunshot wounds to the thigh and shoulder, also faces charges. And Dunston's father tells the News, "I care for both sides. Every couple argues, but this is really crazy here. Over a text? It's really stupid if you ask me."