HEMPSTEAD - Police say an NYPD recruit shot his girlfriend after a dispute in their Hempstead apartment last night, then killed himself.

Police officers surrounded the home last night on Beverly Road, where the couple shared a basement apartment.

The girlfriend was grazed by a bullet and only suffered minor injuries, police say.

Investigators say the incident began as a domestic dispute, and that the gunman snapped when his girlfriend said she wanted to break up.

Neighbors were shocked to hear about the incident. They say that the couple had only moved into the apartment a few weeks ago.

The NYPD would not confirm or deny whether the gun used in the shooting was a service weapon, but said that the recruit was set to graduate.

The couple's identities have not been released.